How to add heart shape pockets to your Rosie dress-tutorial.


As the theme of the week is a romantic one, I thought I would share this fun tutorial for how to add heart shaped pockets to your Rosie pinafore dress.


Fabric – 2 x 20cm square for outer

2 x 20cm square for lining.


heart shaped pocket placement

heart shaped pockets pattern

How to make:

  1. Cut out two hearts in outer fabric and two in lining. If your fabric is quite heavy or bulky like this denim that I used, consider using a lighter weight lining fabric, I used a standard craft weight cotton. A contrast can add a nice discreet flash of colour.
  2. With right sides together and starting at one of the flatter angles of the heart, pin and stitch the heart shapes together, leaving a small gap for turning. Use a 1cm seam allowance, make sure you back stitch a few times at the start and finish as these points will take a fair bit of pressure when you turn through.
  3. Trim the seam down to approximately 0.5cm, make a small cut up to the stitching at the top of the heart and trim away extra bulk from the point.
  4. Turn through to right side and press. Pressing the gap to line up neatly with the seams. There is no need to stitch the gap as you will do this automatically when you sew it to the dress.
  5. Pin the pockets to the dress, I have included pocket placement details above to help you work out where to position the pockets. Pin the pockets to the dress panel, I like to pin in the centre of the pocket so it holds it securely and you don’t need to remove the pins when sewing. You could also tack the pockets in place. Mark the opening position with a pin or chalk mark and top stitch in place around 3 mm from the pocket edge. Continue to make your Rosie dress following the instructions that are with the pattern.
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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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