Monday, May 08, 2017

Same great dress, now with pockets!

Not nearly enough women’s clothing is made with pockets. I’ve long thought about adding pockets to some of my favorite dresses but never got around to it until now. I volunteered at a gala fundraiser and they requested that volunteers dress in black, so I went to my closet and pulled out my favorite black skater dress. 

I wasn't going to be able to carry my purse with me and needed to at least have my phone accessible. So I decided to add pockets to the dress. 
Great dress. No pockets.
I could have used the garter I made a few years ago for my friend's wedding, but it would have needed altered to fit my phone and it was about time this dress got some storage space.

The pocket material also had to be black to blend in with the dress, so I snipped part of the sleeve off from a black shirt in my refashion pile, making sure it was long enough to hold my phone. I determined where on my skirt would be most natural for a pocket and opened up the seam at that point.
With the dress turned inside out, I stitched the sleeve piece to the seam and then sewed up the bottom of the pocket. It was a quick, easy alteration because of the cut and material of the dress. Adding pockets to other clothing could be more difficult, but this one was a breeze.
The dress doesn't really look different with the pocket, but it functions so much better! 
You can read more about this alteration and the gala where I wore it on my blog


Chickie Walsh said...

Great idea! Why don't they make things with pockets for women/

cfortin said...

I love pockets! Nice idea.

Cindy - EOD
Upcycle Design Lab

RanchHouse said...

I am the worst for loosing pockets in a refashion and then missing them. Thanks for the idea.