Today is all about the pockets! This jumpsuit has options for inseam, front patch, and back pockets! You could even add pockets to the bodice too! So lets start with the inseam pockets.
First finish the curved raw edges of the inseam pockets with a zig-zag stitch or serger.
Next, place the pockets on the front and back with right sides together. Match up the notches and clip or pin.
Sew at 5/8” and finish the side seams using your preferred method.
Press the pockets and seams outwards and away from the garment. Under stitch just under 1/8” from the seam sewing through the pocket and seam allowance. This keeps the pocket from showing on the right side of the garment.
Place the pants front and back right sides together and line up the pockets and side seams. Sew at 5/8” from the waistline down to the first pocket notch. Then sew the side seam from the hemline up to the second pocket notch.
Be sure that you do not sew the pants or shorts together between the two notches as this will be the pocket opening. I used a blue washout fabric marker to mark the notches.
Pin or clip around the pocket edges until you reach the side seam.
Sew at 5/8” to close the pocket bag.
Press the pockets and seams towards the center front and baste 1/2” from the raw edge along the waistline.
This line of basting stitches will hold the pocket in place.
Now lets move on to the patch pockets and back pockets. Note: the pockets in this pattern are interchangeable. You may add pockets to the front or back of any view or leave them out. Turn the top edge of the patch pocket by 3/8” and press. Turn it once more by 1” to enclose the raw edge and press.
Top stitch just under 1” from the top edge of the pocket to enclose.
Fold in the sides and bottom edge of the pockets by 5/8” and press.
Be sure to mark the placement of the pockets on the pants front or back using your preferred method. I’ve used a blue washout marker in the photo above to mark the placement at the corners.
I like to use wash away hem tape to attach my pocket to my pants before sewing. I find it very helpful to keep the pocket from shifting while sewing. You may use pins instead to place the pockets on the pants. Be sure the right sides are facing out and align your pocket with the placement guide.
Sew around the sides and bottom edges of the pockets to attach.
You may want to add some securing stitches such as bar tacks to the top edges to provide additional support. You’ll see this in the photo above that I’ve added two triangles stitched at the top corners of the pocket.
And that’s all for the pockets! We will continue constructing our jumpsuit in the next post!
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