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MariaESchneider
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Date: 12/17/12 7:44 PM

So I found this "easy" handkerchief skirt pattern, but I'd like to do a skirt with pockets. I'm guessing that for this pattern the easiest way to add a pocket would be between the waistband and the skirt--one of those square type slits that I could slide a credit card in or keys.

Anyone know of a pattern that actually HAS pockets?

I suppose if the design was "fun" enough I could just add pockets on the front, but I'd like them to blend in and not be obvious pockets. Since this skirt doesn't have seams along the side where I'd normally put side pockets, maybe it isn't such a good idea?

http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/handkerchief-skirt/

It's such a fun skirt, but I know from experience: I won't wear it without pockets. If we go out anywhere, I always want to slip a couple of things in my pocket!

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Date: 12/18/12 2:26 AM

I love pockets in everything, too. But, as an alternative, you can just take a small lipstick purse (one with a chain so you can slip it on your shoulder--like a Chanel style) with you to hold your extras like tissues, lipstick, mad money, travel toothbrush, etc.

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Date: 12/18/12 5:43 AM

Kwik Sew 3242 is a nice pattern with handkerchief points. It has side seams, so you could easily do an in seam pocket. It's a great and easy pattern, calls for a woven, but I made it out of a knit.

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Date: 12/18/12 8:34 AM

May I suggest: cut up each side, add seam allowances, and put in side seam pockets? If point is on the side, either shift the pattern, or there are several tutorials that don't have points on the side, including one from someone here.
self drafted tablecloth skirt
-- Rhonda's tutorial
-- Edited on 12/18/12 8:53 AM --

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MariaESchneider
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Date: 12/18/12 1:02 PM

Thanks for the pattern mention--and thanks to the mention it can be made with a knit. I happen to have some very nice woven cotton sateen...but I prefer knits. I am pretty sure using both (one under and one upper) wouldn't work all that well as knit can be "sticky." I liked the pattern I linked to because the sateen is white with flowers and would need the second piece under it to keep it from being see-through (my clever idea for avoiding lining). I have black sateen too, but I'm not sure I want that much contrast.

I will check out the other ideas (adding a seam and patterns). Pockets are simply a must for me. Maybe just one seam (one pocket?) would be easiest. I don't have to have two, although if I screw it up, I guess it would look unbalanced.

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Date: 12/18/12 5:32 PM

Quote: jorgel
Kwik Sew 3242 is a nice pattern with handkerchief points. It has side seams, so you could easily do an in seam pocket. It's a great and easy pattern, calls for a woven, but I made it out of a knit.

I made this skirt last week. It should not be difficult to add side seam pockets. might make it fall a bit differently.
I am happy with mine.

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Date: 12/18/12 8:40 PM

Quote: abcameo
I love pockets in everything, too. But, as an alternative, you can just take a small lipstick purse (one with a chain so you can slip it on your shoulder--like a Chanel style) with you to hold your extras like tissues, lipstick, mad money, travel toothbrush, etc.

Or make sure your jacket/cardigan has them. (Or perhaps you're not one of those people who's always cold. The vast majority of my pants are pocketless... but I've always got a jacket on!)

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Date: 12/19/12 3:57 PM

I live in Texas. It's 80 here today. Sure, it will only be a high of 45 or 50 tomorrow, but we get a LOT of warm days. In the summer it's not even possible to get the place cooler than 80 except at night. Cardigan? Yeah, I have one. It doesn't get much use. So I have pretty much given away or thrown out anything that doesn't have pockets. I just don't wear them. I wish I did because sewing would be way easier without having to figure out pockets, but there you have it.

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Date: 1/10/13 4:53 PM

Well, I made the skirt, but I have to say, it's got far more material that I thought it would. I look like an elf escaped from the loonie bin. It falls just past my knees with the points (pretty much as planned) but there are loads of folds so with all the points...I dunno. Maybe this looks good on kids, but I can't really see myself wearing this in public. It looks more like a costume than a skirt. I don't think I'll bother to put pockets in the thing. There's plenty of places where I could put a pocket without the drape being negatively affected, but I look like a giant tulip hanging upsidedown.

Maybe with one layer of material and only a few points it would look okay. Or maybe I should just do a panel or circle skirt with pockets.

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