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Olive Sewalong // Pockets and Skirt

Olive sewalong pockets and skirt on the Olive dress and top pattern

Who here is making the dress version of the Olive pattern? Well today is all about you, because we are going to go over how to sew in the pockets and attach the skirt! A simple gathered skirt with anchored inseam pockets – easy peasy. You got this!

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTo start, finished the curved edges of all four pocket pieces.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLay one of your skirt pieces down with right side of the fabric facing up (note – I have my skirt fabric bunched up so that I could fit it all in the frame).

Place a pocket down on each side, right sides of the fabric facing the right side of the skirt. Match up the notches and line up the raw edges. Pin in place.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew together 5/8″ from the raw edge.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFinish the entire length of the side seam, from top to hem, with your preferred method (I used a serger).

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the pockets and seams outward away from the skirt.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsUnderstitch close to the seamline on the pocket.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsRepeat for the other skirt piece and other two pockets.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the two skirt pieces on top of each other with right sides together. Align the pockets and side seams.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsAlso make sure the side seams are lined upnear the pocket, and the notches match up.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFirst, sew along the side seam from the top of the waistline down to the first notch, 5/8″ from the edge.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsThen sew along the side seam from the second notch down to the bottom of the hem, 5/8″ from the edge.

Do not sew the side seam together in between the notches.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow line up the edges of the pocket and pin.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew along the curved pocket edge, 5/8″ from the edge, until you hit the side seam stitching.

Press the pocket and seam toward the front of the garment, and repeat for the other side seam and pocket.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsHow to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow set your machine to the longest stitch setting, and sew two lines of basting stitches, side seam to side seam, on either side of the skirt top edge (do not stitch on the pockets). The first one 5/8″ from the raw edge, and then the other 3/8″ from the edge.

Do not cut the threads, but rather leave long thread tails.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsGently pull on the thread tails and use your fingers to gather the fabric.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsRoughly gather the entire skirt.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsHow to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsWith the skirt inside out, and the top right side out and upside down, place the top inside the skirt with right sides together.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLine up the waistline raw edges and match up the side seams.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsEase and adjust the gathers until the skirt matches up with the top waistline perfectly. Pin in place well to hold.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsOnce the skirt is pinned in place perfectly, flip the pockets over towards the front skirt and pin in place over top of the gathers.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew around the entire waistline, 5/8″ from the raw edge.

How to sew the pockets and skirt on the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFinish the raw edge with your preferred method, and press the seam upwards toward the bodice.

And that’s it! Your bodice and skirt are attached and you have a dress!

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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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