Not everyone likes pockets. Surprising, I know! I love pockets personally, but there are some instances where you might not want them in your sewing projects. If you’re using a very lightweight fabric, you might not want pockets in your garments, so you aren’t tempted to put heavy things in them and ruin your garment. Also, if you’re running out of fabric, eliminating pockets can often save a bit of yardage!
Today I’ll show you how to eliminate a slash front pocket. Here’s what a slash front pocket looks like:
A slash front pocket has a slash for the pocket opening, so part of the front pattern piece is missing, and added to the back of the pocket. The section on the left, behind my hand, is actually attached to the pocket bag! The section on the right is the skirt front. All we’re going to do is add back in this missing slice, so our front is a full piece.
I’m demonstrating on the Crescent Skirt, but it’s not technically part of the Sew-Along. If you haven’t cut your skirt yet, you can use this tutorial to eliminate the pockets!
You can use this method to eliminate any slash front pocket on any pattern: skirts, trousers, shorts, dresses.
- Pattern piece for the skirt front
- Pattern piece for the pocket bag
- Tracing paper, pencil and scissors (to make your new pattern piece!)
Note: some patterns may have TWO pieces to make the pocket bag. Our Crescent Skirt pattern has just one piece that’s folded to create both sides of the pocket bag. (See the fold-line drawn on the pattern piece?)
If you have two pieces, one will be smaller and one will be bigger. The smaller one will go on the inside (like the left side of our Crescent pocket bag) and the larger one is the one you want (like the right side of the Crescent pocket bag.) It should be pretty easy to tell which one to use – one will fill in the hollow of your skirt front and one will not!
First, lie the pocket bag on top of the skirt front, and line up the side notches.
If you don’t have side notches on your pattern piece, look for other clues to help line up the sideseam. Maybe there are dots, circles, stitching lines? If there’s absolutely nothing, don’t worry! Do your best to line up the curve of the sideseam and fill in the slashed part where you think it should go.
Lift up the pocket piece, and match up the notches as shown:
Hold this piece in place and line up the top edge of the pocket with the top edge of the skirt front, like in the photo below.
Sometimes, there’s extra room added to the pocket bags, so you can fit your hand in easier! In this case, you won’t be able to line up the top and side edges perfectly.
Make sure the top edge is lined up, and get the side as closely aligned as you can to fill in the gap on Skirt Front.Tape this piece in place. You can either use this taped-together piece as a pattern piece, if this is a one-time thing and you don’t anticipate doing this more than once.
If you think you’ll always want to use this pattern without the pocket, I’d trace off a new Skirt Front piece and label it! (Ignore the little extension above the waistline there, just trace the Skirt Front with the filled-in section.)That’s it! Now you have a new Skirt Front with the pocket section filled in.
If you have a pair of pants with a slash front pocket, the same theory will work! Just replace ‘Skirt Front’ with ‘Pant Front’ and follow the same directions.
What do you think – pretty easy to do, right? Any questions, just ask!