This is a flip we originally did back in March, but this month’s Flip This Pattern sew-a-long was the perfect excuse to go back, perfect it, and put together a tutorial. I’m very excited to share it with you!
For those of you not familiar with the Flip This Pattern series, it is a year long series being hosted by the ladies over at Frances Suzanne. Each month there are 3 competitors and a sew-a-long for the chosen pattern. Everyone is encouraged to make the pattern their own. Lots of fun and great prizes. We have a competitor slot next April…we may already be brainstorming.
Without further ado here is how you add a stylin pocket to your Oliver and S Rollerskate dress/tunic!
Note you could do this for the dress or tunic style, since I made a tunic that is what I will be referencing in the tutorial.
1: Prepare your extra pattern piece. On the first tunic I shrank my pattern piece by 50%. I think it was too much so this time I copied my piece at 75%. Cut 2 of the smaller facing.
2. Cut out your pockets. You’ll need 4. I pulled a pattern piece that I like the shape of but you can easily draw your own. Hold a piece of paper over your tunic to gauge size. Make sure your pocket scoops down. Don’t make it too long- I got a little close to my finished hem.
3. Cut out all the rest of your pieces as directed.
4. Layout your tunic front in your main fabric. Position your pocket facings.
5. Trim the fabric on your tunic to match the facing curve. Lay one pocket on each side, wrong sides together, as pictured below. Trim to match the curve of the facing.
Clear as mud? It will look like this from the wrong side.
6. Follow the instructions as printed, as if you were placing the neck facing. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
I cut down my seam allowances for basting the edge of my facing in order to preserve more exposed facing. Your pocket piece is the “lining” of the dress in the instructions.
When you’re finished your garment will look like this (assuming you also haven’t ironed it yet..)-
7. Construct your pockets! Grab your two remaining pocket pieces. Pin them right sides together to the pocket pieces you used to attach your pocket facings. Sew along the edge of your pockets. Keep them free from your tunic front. Don’t stitch them to the front of your garment- unless that is a look you want!
8. Finish your garment per the patterns instructions. You may need to adjust the placement of your elastic casing depending on the size and placement of your pocket.
I did sew my lining and main fabric together at the hem. It keeps all the pockets and other guts nice and hidden for when she plays. It also has the extra benefit of creating a reversible garment should she be in a particularly orange mood. My goal is to make as much as possible playground ready.
and the reverse side….
I sew up an 18-24 month size for M, she’s typically a small 2T. She’s also super narrow so I pulled some width out of the pattern this go round to help keep it up on her shoulders. I’m very happy with the adjustment!
We’re excited to see what everyone else sews up this month! Don’t forget to enter in the current giveaway– yay for boy patterns!
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