If you're looking for what is probably the easiest garment sewing project ever (not counting a sack, I'm talking stylish please), the Miette sewing pattern is for you. If you want to put in a little more effort, add the optional patch pockets. They don't require any more skill, just an extra step. In return you get to carry sweeties around with you all day. Plus they look kinda 1970s chic, which is always a bonus. In this post I'm going to show you how...
If you haven't yet joined the Miette sewalong, order your pattern and check out the previous steps to choose your fabric and cut out the right size.
You should have cut out four pocket pieces. Two of these pieces will show on the outside of your skirt – we’ll call these the “pockets”. The other two will line the inside of the pockets – we’ll call these the “facings”.
If your fabric is relatively lightweight, it may stretch out, so it's a good idea to staystitch the long diagonal seams before sewing to help keep them the same length. All that means is sewing a line of stitching on a single piece of fabric 10mm (3/8in) from the raw edge.
Stitch the pocket and facing together at the bottom seam and long diagonal seam only (the edges indicated by the arrows above). Repeat with the other pocket. Unless stated otherwise, all seams in our patterns are sewn with a 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance - line up the raw edges with the 15 or 5/8 seam guide line on your sewing machine to sew at an even distance from the edge.
Trim the seams that you have just sewn to about half their current width. This will help the edges lie flat when we turn the pockets right sides out.
Press the seam allowances open with your iron. Turn the pockets right sides out, and press again. Pressing will really help your seams look nice and neat.
Pin the pockets to the skirt front pieces, the facings against the right side of the skirt, matching up notches. Make sure you’re matching up the raw edges of the pocket and skirt exactly. The pockets aren’t meant to lie completely flat against the skirt – some ease is included so you can get your hands inside.
Reset the stitch length on your machine to 2 – 2.5mm. Topstitch the bottom edge of the pockets to the skirt (again, it’s your choice whether you use matching or contrast thread), 5mm (¼in) from the edge.
And that's it for the pockets! Next step is joining the skirt pieces together...