Welcome to Day 2 of our New York Minute sew along! Today it’s all about the pockets, and there are plenty for you to choose from. We’ll be completing steps 1 through 3 of the New York Minute Dress pattern, so if you’re thinking about adding one of our sew along pockets, then today’s post is for you. There’s plenty of time to catch up, so if you’re just joining us, you can find our previous posts here:
The New York Minute Dress comes with two pocket variations, set in pockets and a kangaroo pocket, but this dress provides the perfect canvas for a variety of other pockets too. Did you know that there are already several free pocket patterns on the blog? You can find them by hovering your mouse over the Tutorials selection at the top to drop down a menu that includes “Pocket Tutorials“.
When you click on that, you will see a variety of free pocket patterns and instructions for sewing them up.
If you recognize the cat pocket, we’ve used it in the past on this New York Minute peplum hack. Isn’t it just so sweet?! We used a heart stud for the nose which made it quick and super adorable. Of course you can also make the peplum version during the sew along which takes advantage of the top tutorial that comes with the pattern.
Sewing the Pockets
Really the only thing you need to know about using the various other pockets is placement. Ultimately it’s up to you and where your child wants them, but we’ll show you where we like to place them. We selected the heart pocket for today’s striped dress mostly because my girl loves pandas, and the heart pocket is a perfect way to highlight this cute little panda.
You will need your front dress pattern piece for this one. First, lay flat your front fabric piece, then place your front pattern piece over your fabric, lining it up again. Taking a ruler, measure the length of the inset pocket opening, and note the center point, highlighted in pink below. You will place the top of your finished pocket at this height.
Now to figure out how far over to place it, find the widest point of your pocket, and place this edge 5/8″ from the side seam, shown in yellow below.
Stitch your pocket in place following that pocket’s tutorial instructions.
That’s it! Now go ahead and continue on through step 3 of the pattern, sewing your front and back dress pieces together at the shoulders. We’ll return tomorrow with one of our favorite dress hacks, the scrunch neck.
We’d love to see which pockets you’ve selected, so hop on over the Tie Dye Diva Facebook group and show us! If you share on Instagram, use the hashtag #nymsewalong, and make sure to tag us too @tiedyediva so we can show our love. See you back here tomorrow!