One of the most rewarding parts of creating sewing patterns is the people I meet. One of my testers, Kerrie, has been such an amazing help and support over the past year. She does nearly every test, sews multiple garments, comes up with innovative ideas, and encourages me when I get frustrated! She has agreed to guest blog for me today to show you an easy way to add pockets to the Swim & Surf Shorts. I’d love for you to give her a warm welcome and check out her blog at Her Secret is Patience.
Is there anything more glorious in the clothing world than pockets. Don’t answer that. But, I think we can agree that pockets are lovely. I have a kiddo that loves pockets, or should I say, needs pockets!! So how about adding pockets to Jessica’s Swim and Surf shorts? Good right!!
E is my pocket lover and Q was keen on having them in his vacation shorts.
The pockets can be done a couple different ways, but this is a quick and fun way. They can be done rounded or cornered, but we prefer the corned pockets.
So here we go….
This is how I did pocket for the short version of the Swim and Surf shorts. Using the pattern piece itself, make a template of the top portion of the front pants piece. (You may print two sets of the front portion if you wish, but a scrap piece of paper works nicely for this.) I did not trace the entire front piece. The pocket will only go part way down the pants. I took the template only a couple inches below fly extension.
Since the templet is the same shape as the pants, you can simply draw the shape of the pocket you would like.
I used my hand as a guide to draw the angle that will become the top of the pocket for my daughter’s shorts. My daughter’s hands are nearly as big as mine so this works well. If you have a littler kiddo to make pockets for, you can use their hand or estimate how big the opening slant of the pocket would need to be.
Here is what I wanted her pockets to look like. However, you can make curved pockets or cornered pockets like mine. My corner is in blue. Then make your cuts.
The pockets above are for the short version. The pockets I put on the long version are a bit bigger. Both pockets work well for their respective lengths, but I would not put the small pockets on the longer version.
Next, you will need to cut your pocket pieces which will need to be 2 mirror image sets. This is easy to achieve if you are using one fabric for the pockets. Fold your fabric, wrong sides together, lay your pattern piece on top and cut the set with one cutting. Repeat for the second set. You will end up with 2 pocket sets, one for each side.
I used a contrasting fabric for the insides of my pockets. I still cut my fabric WST, but I do it once with the main fabric, then once with the coordinating fabric. Then I match up the pieces to their interior mates.
This can be the one time you use your 10th grade geometry!! The 2 pieces on the left will become my right side pocket and the two pieces on the right will become the left pocket. (Wouldn’t it have been nice if I’d have put the right on the right and left on the left? LOL )
Match up the pieces, right sides together.
You are going to sew the pockets set pieces together along 3 of the sides, the 3 sides that will not be sewn in the side or top seam. (I stitched in yellow, but it wasn’t bright enough. I used my red fabric pen, but I see now that I missed the bottom corner….pretend I didn’t. Look closely and you will see the yellow stitch line meets the bottom stitch line.)
Do the same to the other pocket. This is what your pockets should look like. Snip the corner where your two seams meet.
Flip and press your pockets well. At this point, you can stop stitch the slanted pocket opening. Then set them on your pants to see how great they will look! (This is the wearer’s right side.)
Now it’s time to attach your pocket to the pants. Stitch from the top of the pocket, down to the corner and out to the side.
Next, baste the top edge and the side edge.
Repeat for the other pocket. Once your pockets are secured, you can continue to assemble the pattern per Jessica’s instructions.
E loves her pockets!
I tried really hard to match the pattern, but alas, the right side went a bit off…it’s still cute!
Thank you so much Kerrie! Don’t forget you can pick up the Swim and Surf Shorts for both women and children, plus save 15% with the purchase of any 3 or more patterns with the code SAVE15ON3. Happy Sewing!