I was sent a link to rhythm of the home's dress full of pockets post. Just like the recipient of that gorgeous garment, my girls too needed a treasure collecting dress. They didn't have a dress suitable to add pockets to so I had a stab at copying an existing one.
1m of dress fabric (I used a light cord)
2 pieces of complimenting fabric 9 inch x 12 inch each
1 piece of A4 paper
small side plate
1 large piece of butchers paper
I turned one of my girls a-line dresses inside out and traced it onto some paper, adding half an inch on all sides for the seam allowance and 1 1/2 inches to the hem along the bottom. I also added an inch to one of the two shoulder pieces. This became a button and button hole strap.
Now that you have your pattern;
Fold the fabric in half, pin your pattern to it and cut using pinking shears.
Using a small pair of scissors, clip along the scoop of the neckline and the arm holes, only a few millimetres deep. Press these edges towards the wrong side of the fabric and sew into place. I did 2 rows of stitching to secure the edge down and to avoid future fraying. Finish off the longer shoulder piece by ironing a 1/4 of an inch hem and sew two rows of stitches.
Iron the hemline towards the wrong side of the fabric 1/2 an inch, repeat and then sew.
Repeat with the other piece of fabric. Line up both sides of the dress, right sides facing each other. Sew along each side of the dress and along the unfinished shoulder piece. Turn right side out. Oh la la! the wee dress is coming together!
To finish the second shoulder piece, overlap the two pieces until they are the same length as the other strap. Mark where your button will go. Now, I have never made a button hole before and seeing as I only had to make one, I thought I would attempt it. I made it up as I went along. It seems to work but I think I will leave this bit to the professionals. Hop on over to the Purl Bee for a buttonhole tutorial. Alternatively you could use velcro.
To make 2 big wrap around pockets fold a piece of A4 paper in half. Using a plate, round one corner and cut. Chose 2 complimenting fabrics. Fold one of the fabrics in half. Pin the pocket pattern to the fabric and cut. Repeat with other fabric. Take one pocket piece of each fabric, line them up with the right sides facing each other. Sew around the out side leaving a small place to turn your fabric right side out. Clip along the curve of the pocket making sure not to cut the seam. Repeat with other pocket. Use a ruler or better yet, a point turner if you have one and gently push the edges out to create nice clean edges. Iron both pockets taking care to make the opening invisible by ironing the opening flat.
Fold your dress in half, lining up the two side seams. Position the centre of the pockets on each side of the dress along the seams and pin into place. Top stitch the pockets into place.
Ta da! A cute little pocket dress. Thanks Jean for the inspiration. Filled with a note book, pen and a chocolate bunny, these dresses are perfect for an Easter morning discovery, ready for the hunt.
*Now, I have the inability to be short and concise, so this tutorial does look rather long and time consuming. It really is though a simple project that this amateur seamstress could tackle. I managed to make 2 of these dresses in one day. Ahhh, the sewing machine is out and it's staying out.