Today I’m demonstrating how to sew inseam pockets. Inseam pockets are sewn in the skirt of the Cambie Dress for View B, the full skirted version. They’re fast and easy to sew, and nearly invisible once the skirt is all gathered up!
You could use the Cambie pocket pattern piece to add inseam pockets on any skirt or dress! Follow these instructions to sew them into the sideseams of any garment. If you’re not sure where to place the inseam pockets, use the Cambie skirt pattern piece as a guide and transfer the notches to the other pattern.
Also, the Cambie pattern directs you to cut the pocket piece out of lining but you’re welcome to cut it out of self fabric if you prefer. I like using the lining because the main fabric is sheer. Otherwise the pockets will be visible through the skirt!
The other version of the Cambie Dress, View A with the A-line skirt, has slash pockets. Slash pockets are super easy to sew too, and they’re the same on the Crescent Skirt and Lonsdale Dress. (Click here if you want to see a tutorial on sewing slash pockets!)
Here’s how to sew the inseam pockets:
Start with four pieces of the pocket piece. If your fabric has a visible right and wrong side, make sure that you have two pairs, not four of the same pocket!
Finish all edges of the pocket piece.
With my fabric, it’s hard to tell the difference between the right and wrong side, so I am being careful to finish two ‘left’ pockets and two ‘right’ pockets. That’s just me being picky, it really won’t make a difference which serged side is up! If the serging or zigzagging makes your pocket pieces ripply, give them a quick press to flatten them out.
Finish the side seams of the skirt front and skirt back.
Pin pocket piece to skirt front, right sides together, matching notches.
Even if you’ve serged the edges, there will still be a little snip in the seam allowance. Pull the seam allowance apart gently to find the snips.
Sew with a 3/8″ (1cm) seam allowance. This makes sure the pocket lining won’t peek out of our pocket openings!
Press seams toward pockets, like the photo. Sew the remaining two pocket pieces to the skirt back – one pocket for each skirt back.
Line up the two pocket pieces, right sides together.
Pin around the pocket edge and down the sideseam. Sew this seam, pivoting around the pocket edges.
Now, when it says ‘pivot around edges’ there are two different ways you could do this.
Here’s what it will look like at the top edge – sew down to the notch, then pivot towards the pocket piece.
Now when you get to the bottom edge, here’s one way you could pivot:
In this option, we’ll sew all around the pocket edge, and stop when we get 5/8″ (1.5cm) into the skirt seam allowance. Then, we’ll start our stitching again at the notch, and sew the rest of the side seam down to the hem.
And here’s option 2:
In this method, we don’t stop our stitching. After we round the bottom corner of the pocket, we’ll aim our stitching upwards to the notch, pivot with the needle down, and sew the rest of the sideseam towards the hem. You can draw this stitching line in first, before sewing it, if you want to sew it this way. Either method works! I’ve done one pocket one way, one pocket the other way to demonstrate.
Press seams towards centre front, the way your hands will naturally fall into the pockets. (If you’re ever unsure how to press an inseam pocket, think of where it will be on your body, and how your hands will be angled to reach into the pockets.)
Voila! Inseam pocket.
And when we look inside the pocket, there’s a little bit of the main fabric rolling to the inside, so our pocket lining is less visible.
Inseam pockets are simple and practical, but what if you don’t want them in your Cambie Dress? Simply sew the sideseams without the pockets. If your fabric is sheer, you might not want pockets as they may show through your skirt fabric.
Hope this was helpful! Again, you can use the pocket piece from this pattern to add inseam pockets to other sewing projects. Be sure to choose a pattern with enough ease to get your hands in the pockets – inseam pockets might not work well in a tight pencil skirt!