Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along ~ Pockets & Skirt Prep

on September 14 | in Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along, Products, Sew-Alongs | by | with 28 Comments

Today Amy from Badskirt and Amanda from Sasikirana Handmade guide you through prepping the skirt (View A only) and creating pockets (both Views A & B). Did you have time to work on your Jump Rope Dress this past weekend? Don’t forget to comment on any sew-along post for your chance to win an Oliver + S pattern or 12 fat quarters of the City Weekend fabric collection by Liesl Gibson for Moda!

Finished Pocket, View A.

Today we are going to:

  • Prep the skirt for View A
  • Create and Attach the Pockets for View A
  • Create and Attach the Pockets for View B

Prepping the Skirt for View A Only
Locate and Copy the Pocket Markings – View A
First, transfer the pocket markings for the View A skirt onto the front and back fabric panels, if you haven’t already. The markings for the front are indicated by the dark circles. The markings for the back panel are indicated by the light squares. Don’t forget to transfer the markings for both the right and left side of the dress.

Create the Skirt Tube – View A
Using your preferred method, align and pin the two skirt panels together. Like the shoulders, this seam is a good candidate for a French seam or a simple clean finished edge, as shown. Sew both sides resulting in a tube.

Locate the top of your skirt tube by finding the side with the notches.

Next we want to create gathering stitches for both the front and back skirt panel. Just as we did for the sleeves, we’ll using two rows of long basting stitches set at roughly 3/8” and 5/8” apart. The front and back gathering stitches should be created separately beginning at the side seams for each panel. Tip: In addition to changing your bobbin thread to make it easier to identify which threads to pull, I suggest changing the thread colour for the front and back panels. This will make it easier when we attach the skirt onto the bodice.


Set the skirt panel aside for now.

View A Pockets
First, it should be noted that the pointed flap on the pockets is a design feature rather than a functional closure. This distinction is necessary as it defines how the pockets are constructed.

Beginning with right sides facing, sew the pockets as illustrated. Pay special attention to the hint about sewing across the seam allowance.

Trim the seam allowances to 1/8”. Clip the corners for a tidier result. If needed, also add notches along the corners created by sewing into the seam allowance.

Turn the pocket right side out through the opening and gently poke out the corners and press. Using a fabric marker or tailor’s chalk, draw a line 1” below the outside corners of your pocket as shown in the directions.

Starting just below this line, edgestitch the top section of the pocket. This section is the flap which will not be attached in the next step.

Attaching the Pockets – View A
Align your pocket to the dots and squares indicated on your skirt panel. Your pocket will overlap the side seam approximately 1”. Beginning at the marked line, edgestitch pocket into place. Be sure to reinforce the start and end securely so the pockets do not rip out.

Now, fold over the flap at the drawn line and tack the sides of the flap to the pocket.


Repeat for the other side. Don’t worry about the buttons for now, we will attach them all at once when we cover the placket and sleeve tab buttons.

View B Pockets
For view B pockets, you will need to transfer the pocket placement markings to the right side if the dress. I like to do it with my window light box. First I pin together my pattern piece and the cut body piece. Then I tack it on the window with some masking tape. I trace the marking that can clearly be seen with a water soluble marker.

Now, for the actual pockets you will need to sew some basting stitches and fold the curved seam allowance. Sometimes I find it hard to make a smooth fold on a curved edge, so I like to make my pockets with a lining. To make the pockets this way you will need to cut four pocket pieces instead of two.

To make a pocket, put two pieces with wrong sides together. Sew the curved bottom edge with a ½” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn it right side out and press. Sew gathering stitches as per the instructions, but starting and ending right on the edges, not on the dot.

Press the shorter edges of a pocket bias binding ½” to the wrong side. Open the fold.

Line the edges of the pocket on the folds you just made with wring sides together. Draw the bobbin thread of the gathering stitch and fit it to the bias binding piece. Sew it with ½” seam allowance.

Refold the short edges. Press the top binding piece by ½”. Fold it again to meet the seam and cover the raw edges. Edgestitch close to the fold.

Mark a small triangle on the corners with a water soluble marker. Pin the finished pocket to the body following the marking you’ve traced earlier. Edgestitch to the fold and sewing the corner triangles.

Finished Pocket, View B.

Repeat the steps to make and attach the other pocket.

Tomorrow for View A we are going to create the belt loops, attach the skirt and make the sash. We’re nearly there!

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28 Responses to Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along ~ Pockets & Skirt Prep

  1. Tracy says:

    Wonderful idea about lining the pockets. I’m definitely going to implement that on my daughter’s dress.

  2. Tammy says:

    LOVE lined pockets. I remember people talking about this on the Ice Cream Social. Thanks for tutorial for this dress.

  3. I’ve been following the sew-along as it’s been published, so of course I sewed the front and back of my size 12-18m View B dress together days ago. I can see Amy’s sewing the pockets on her View B before the front and back are joined, which is the sensible thing to do. Why on earth do the original instructions leave the pockets until after the front and back are joined? On this small size dress it’s quite tricky to manoeuvre it through the machine. It would have been great to have this part of the sew-along moved to the start.

    Sorry for being a Negative Nellie – the dress does look fantastic!

  4. Louise says:

    I really love the look of these pockets, they look so difficult but they aren’t hard to achieve.

  5. Julie Hickey says:

    I know this might seem strange, but could I not put the view B pockets onto the view A dress? I just LOVE those gathered pockets and I am wondering if it would be too much on the gathered skirt??? Anyway, these tutorials are GREAT! Very much appreciated.

  6. Kids always love pockets and these are such cute ones!

  7. Sara says:

    My pattern should get here today. Probably too late to participate, but thanks for the handy reference!

  8. mel says:

    I love how nearly effortless each of these pocket styles is, but the results look fantastic!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I really love the pockets on View B. So cute! And I love that fabric too.

  10. Jill B says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the detailed photos.

  11. alisha says:

    I love those pockets on View B.

  12. Rachel says:

    This step went so much faster than I thought it would! Thanks so much!

  13. Justine says:

    Thank you both! I’m using the view A pockets, but the info for view is very good to know for future reference 🙂

  14. Angela B says:

    Thank you for the informative tutorial! This helps!

  15. Kimberly says:

    Thank you!

  16. Kathy says:

    Now there is a tutorial that is fun, cute and useful. Gathered pockets. Thank you.

  17. Valerie says:

    The French seams are so nice!

  18. Tong says:

    Great walk through, thanks so much!

  19. Kristen says:

    I LOVE those pockets on view A – how cute is the faux flap?! The little rounded pockets are nice, too. I’m not doing the sew-along (no little ones to sew for yet), but I’d have a hard time choosing between the two views. I think I’d have to do one of each.

  20. CarrieMJ says:

    I love this pocket. It’s so cute!

  21. Jenn S says:

    I was thinking about lining the pockets, but wasn’t sure how it would look. Glad to see it’s advantagious sewing wise!

  22. Emilee says:

    I love the idea of lining the pockets. I never can get a good fold on a curve, and it’s a fun way to add a little secret surprise to the dress.

  23. bruinbr says:

    This post is awesome! Pockets are always so tough for me! 😛

  24. Love that floral fabric — what is it? This is going to be such a cute dress!

  25. Alice S says:

    I just have to say that is one cute pocket.

  26. Trisha says:

    Thanks for the great tip about lining the pockets for view B. I am going to do that.

  27. MishaLee says:

    Is that graph paper fabric??? I’m in love, where do I get it??

  28. Birgit says:

    I may not be doing the dress right now but these pocket explanations are a great resource for another dress I am about to do without a pattern! Thank you

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