My daughter was wearing a long-sleeve shirt the other day – but it has gotten really warm here. I asked her if she wanted to wear a summer shirt and she said that “this one has a POCKET”. Oh, THE pocket. She does love pockets – whoe doesn’t! So I thought, I should just whip her up a summer shirt with a pocket. This was an easy project – I got it done with plenty of naptime to spare. Here’s a quick “how to sew a shirt with a pocket”
First gather your stuff. I had a tank top for the main shirt, a too-small shirt for cutting up (why oh why can I not get fuschia to photo well?!), and the long-sleeved shirt with a pocket that I used as a pattern. But really you could eyeball the pocket if you don’t have anything to use for the pattern.
Next cut trace the pocket onto a piece of paper, lay the paper over your sacrifice shirt and cut out the pocket. The reason I used a shirt instead of some cute designer fabric was because I wanted the stretch factor that knit brings with it. Then turn under all the edges and stitch into place (I didn’t turn under the bottom edge because the shirt I was using had a scalloped ruffle to it which I wanted to keep).
If you want to embellish the pocket any, now’s the time. Then pin the pocket in the right spot and stitch it to the shirt – try not to pull the fabric as it sews (the hassle of working with knit). Also don’t sew the curve part where the hands go in – or the hands won’t go in.
I felt like the shirt needed a little something more. I cut the trim off of the sleeves on the sacrifice shirt – they were almost a perfect match to the new shirt.
I just slid the trim under the edge of the new shirt and sewed it in place. You could pin this if you’re nervous about freehanding it.
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