August 11, 2021

Today I am going to teach you how to take a normal inseam hanging pocket pattern and turn it into an anchored pocket. This keeps the pocket from flopping around or turning to the back. This works for any pattern with an inseam pocket and waistband. I am going to be using the Mave skirt for this tutorial, but I also recommend you trying it out on the Southport dress pattern as well. The anchored pocket works best when you are using lightweight fabrics. If your fabrics are heavier you may find that it adds to much bulk to your waistline.

Start with your main front pattern piece and trace the top corner on a piece of paper.

Place the pocket on top of your tracing, matching up markings for placement and trace the pocket side and bottom curved edge. Then, connect the pocket straight up to the top of the skirt tracing like you see below.

This is what your new pocket should look like.

Cut out 4 pocket pieces (2 pairs).

Sew up your pattern according to the instructions, except treat the top of your pockets like the top of the skirt.

Before attaching the waistband, sew your pockets along the top edge to the front skirt. Then finish sewing the skirt like normal.

That’s it. Very simple hack that keeps your pockets anchored towards the front.

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  • Reply Lydia September 2, 2021 at 5:42 PM

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I would like to try it. The last dress I made, I accidentally got the front and back skirts switched, and therefore the pockets bulge in a funny way. Anchored pockets sound like just the thing!

    A question — how did you make this skirt? Did you simply lengthen the first panel of the Mave skirt, rather than adding ruffles? I would love to know — I love this simple, classic style!

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