Sometimes you find the perfect garment and then you realize that there’s just one thing missing. This one thing could make the deal or break it. For me with the Willow pattern, it’s pockets, or the lack of them. As a busy mom to a toddler, I NEED pockets. Those toy cars and food pouches won’t hold themselves! So here you have it, your tutorial to add pockets to the Willow pattern. It can actually be used to add them to just about any shorts or skirt pattern out there.
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To start, you’ll need to have the Willow pattern and the Pocket pieces printed and cut out. Place the Pocket Cut-Out piece on the Front, in the top right corner. There may be a small edge of the Front that isn’t covered by the Cut-Out, that will be fine. Make sure that the entire curve of the Pocket Cut-Out is on the Front and the the right sides are touching as much as possible.
Trace the curve of the Pocket Cut-Out to the Front and cut where you traced.
Stack the Front, Pocket Front, and Pocket Back on top of each other in that order. Make sure that the curves of the Front and Pocket Front are aligned.
Cut your pieces from the fabric. You should have 2x Front, 2x Back, 2x Waistband, 2x Pocket Front, and 2x Pocket Back. With RSF (right sides facing), pin the Front to the Pocket Front at the pocket curve. Sew/serge together where pinned.
If you’re making the Bubble, Billow, or Skirt options (or another pattern with gathers), do not gather at the pocket opening. Doing so will create gathered pockets which aren’t pretty 😉 Continue sewing the shorts/skirt according to the pattern.
Now run to your sewing machine and whip up a pair of your favorite shorts…with pockets!