I confess — I buy dresses just because they have pockets. I mean — why not!? A dress that can also hold my keys, phone and keep my hands warm sounds like a dream come true. Who cares if it isn’t the cutest dress on the block? Well, with this pocket dress hack, there’s no need to sacrifice fashion any longer. This hack will have you storing your favorite belongings right beside your body in no time. Just stick to dresses that have a looser silhouette. There’s a reason body-con dresses don’t have pockets — it would just be weird lumps on weird parts of your body.
Materials and Tools:
- swing or loose-fitting dress
- flannel fabric
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- seam ripper
- marker or Sharpie
- Place your hand onto the flannel and draw a large oval around to create your pocket. Cut out, flip over and trace onto the flannel to create the pocket for the other hand.
- Sew around the curved edge of each pocket.
- Turn the dress inside out and measure about eight inches below your waist to start the top of your pocket. Using a Sharpie, mark off where the pocket will begin and end. Use a seam ripper to remove the stitching in that area. Repeat for the other side of the dress.
- Turn the dress right side out and slip the pocket into the new hole. Fold the seam of the dress over the edge of the flannel and pin in place.
- Sew around the edge of the pocket.
Fold the flannel in half and lay your hand on the fabric as if it was entering a pocket. Draw a large oval around your hand to give you plenty of room to store all of your goodies.
Once you’ve cut out your first pocket, flip it over and trace onto another section of flannel. Cut out so you have two ovals for pockets.
Sew around the outer edge of your oval pocket. Make sure you do not sew where your hand will be entering ;)
Turn your dress inside out and place your new pocket about eight inches from your waist. Mark where the top and bottom of the pocket will hit on both sides of the dress.
Use a seam ripper to remove the stitching in-between the marked-off areas.
Turn the dress right side out and slip the sewn pocket into the newly made hole. Use the pre-creased hem of the dress fabric to sandwich the flannel fabric in-between. Use pins to hold in place.
Slowly sew down each edge of the pocket. Do not sew in a continuous circle — this will make the fabric buckle in weird ways that you don’t want.
Fold the dress on its side seam and sew on the top and bottom of the pocket to secure the pocket in place and close up any holes.
Tada! Perfect for any phone, keys or cold hands.
For our whole entire lives we have wondered, “Why don’t all dresses have pockets?!” Well, now all dresses *can* have pockets!
Who said pockets can’t be classy? Marisa is looking classy AF.
So classy that she has to keep her hands in her pockets and have someone else feed her grapes.
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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Modeling: Marisa Kumtong
Hair and Make-up: Micaela Friedman
Photography: Brittany Griffin
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