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Floreat Sewalong // How to sew the pockets and seams (sleeved dress and blouse versions)

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Today we will be covering all things pockets and seams in our Floreat sewalong!

First I’ll go over how to add pockets to your dress version, and how to sew the seams up around the pockets. Or are you making a blouse or pocket-less dress? I’ll go over the super simple steps for sewing up those seams second!

Important note: Again, these steps should only be done early on if you are making a sleeved dress or blouse. If you are making a sleeveless version, you can skip this post right now  – we’ll go over it again when we cover how to do the sleeveless facing (post coming in a few days!).

// POCKETS AND SEAMS //

Let’s start with a pocket version…

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFirst, finish the raw  curved edges of all four pocket pieces using your preferred method (serger/overlock, zig zag stitch, pinking shears, etc).

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLay your front dress piece down in front of you with right side facing up. Place two of your pockets down on top, with right sides facing down (so right sides are together).

Make sure the pockets are not upside down – the curved shape should be angled down, not up.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsMatch up the side seam, lining up the two notches on the pocket with the two notches on the side seam of the dress. Pin in place.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsRepeat the process, lining up and pinning the other two pockets to the two sides of the back dress pieces.

Your center back may or may not be sewn already. It doesn’t matter if it is yet, it doesn’t affect these steps.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew all four pockets in place 1/2″ from the raw edge.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFinish the four side seam raw edges with your preferred method.

(Make sure to do this step now! It will be difficult to do this after we move on).

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFor all four pockets, press the pockets and seam allowance outwards away from the dress. Understitch along the four pockets (on the pocket, not the dress), close to the seam.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow lay your front dress piece down in front of you with right side up, and the two pockets laying out open and flat away from the dress.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace your dress back on top of the front, with right sides together. (Your back pieces may or may not be sewn together at center back, it doesn’t matter).

Line up the side seams and pockets, especially making sure to match up the pocket corners (where the pockets meet the dress).

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPin in place all along the side seam and dress.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsStart sewing along your side seam, 5/8″ from the raw edge. Stop when you are 5/8″ below the edge of the pocket.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsWith your needle down, pivot towards the pocket, and continue sewing around the pocket 5/8″ from the edge.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsWhen you get all the way around the pocket, pivot again, and sew down the rest of the side seam 5/8″ from the edge.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsThis is what your stitching will look like. Side seam and pockets sewn together all in one continuous stitch.

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow line up the shoulders and pin in place. Sew 5/8″ from the raw edge and then finish your raw edges with your preferred method.

(Again, your center back may or may not be sewn together at this point. The order of these first few steps doesn’t really matter unless you are making a sleeveless version).

how to sew the pockets and seams on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Ta-da! Seams and pockets done!

// SEAMS WITH NO POCKETS //

how to sew the seams on the Floreat blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsIf you’re making a blouse or dress without pockets: simply place your front and back together with right sides facing together.

how to sew the seams on the Floreat blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLine up the side seams and pin and place….

how to sew the seams on the Floreat blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsAnd line up the shoulder seams and pin in place.

how to sew the seams on the Floreat blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew the two side seams and two shoulder seams together 5/8″ from the raw edges. Then finish those raw edges with your preferred method.

Once more so it’s clear – only do these steps now if you are adding sleeves! If your making a sleeveless version, save the side seams and center back steps until after you do the facing.

Megan Nielsen Floreat sewing pattern

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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