Learn how to sew a cute ruched skirt with asymmetrical rounded patch pockets for girls with this step-by-step tutorial. Perfect for spring and summer, this versatile skirt is a great addition to any little girl's wardrobe. This tutorial will guide you through the sewing process, from making the pockets to inserting the elastic waistband.
About a week ago I spotted this pretty skirt on my favorite blog and decided to create a similar one for my youngest daughter. With spring in full swing, it was time to refresh her wardrobe, and a ruched skirt with patch pockets seemed like the perfect addition.
This little skirt is a versatile piece to mix and match, and I hope she wears it a lot this spring/summer season.
I always find sewing skirts fun and easy, and this one is no exception. This was a quick and very satisfying little project to complete.
For this skirt, I used cotton poplin from my stash, and it turned out to be pink – which is still her favorite color!
The finished skirt is gathered using 2 times the waistline and measures 13 inches long. I used 1 inch wide elastic for the casing and made a 1.5 inch wide double hem.
When I first guessed the skirt measurements while my daughter was in kindergarten, I cut the piece of fabric larger than necessary. That's why I ended up taking about 16 inches off the width of the piece of fabric and making a wider hem than I originally planned.
DIY gathered skirt with rounded patch pockets – sewing materials
How to make a pretty gathered skirt with asymmetrical rounded patch pockets
Step 1 – cut and sew the pockets
Let's start with the pockets. You'll need the pocket template to cut out four pattern pieces – two mirrored pairs in total – to create two asymmetrical rounded patch pockets.
The flap on these pockets is fake – they are simply folded at the top. To add a cute touch, I decided to include a button.
This pocket size is ideal for skirts designed for girls ages 0-5. If you are making a skirt for an older girl, you may need to enlarge the pocket template to make it more functional.
Currently, these pockets are already a little too small for my 5.5 year old daughter, so I find them more pretty than practical.
To create the pockets, place the pocket pieces right sides together and sew all around, leaving a 1.5 inch opening on the long, right side.
When sewing rounded patch pockets, it is essential to sew slowly and think of the curve as a series of small straight stitches. Take your time and think ahead to rotate the fabric if necessary. This will help you get a smooth, clean curve on your patch pockets.
Next, trim the corners and curves of the patch pocket and/or cut the seam all the way around (I chose the latter).
2nd step – turn the pockets right side out
Use the small gap to turn the patch pocket right side out, then, using a pencil or chopstick, push the corners outward.
It's time to give the pockets a good press. This step is crucial – don’t skip it. Make sure the small opening is pushed in and its raw edges are tucked inside to create a neat, professional finish.
Fold the top edges of both pockets the same way and hold the flap in place with pins. The pockets are now ready to attach to your skirt.
Step 3 – placement of rounded patch pockets
To attach the pockets to the front piece of fabric of your skirt, start by using a fabric marker to draw a parallel line 3 inches from the top raw edge. Next, fold your piece of fabric in half widthwise and draw a line down the middle to make sure your pockets are placed symmetrically.
To place my pockets symmetrically, I measured 5 inches from the side seam (measured from the nearest pocket edge) for each pocket, with a distance of 10 inches between them. However, you can adjust the placement according to your preferences.
If you want the exact same placement as mine, make sure the distance between pockets is 2 times greater than the distance from the edge of the pocket to the side seam. Please see the diagram above.
Step 4 – attach the pockets to the skirt
Once you have determined the location of the pockets, secure them in place using pins. Next, topstitch around the pocket and reinforce the pocket at the top side edges. I reinforced only one side of the pocket, and it will still hold well.
Step 5 – sew the side seams of the gathered skirt
Now back to the skirt. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew the side seams. Serge or use pinking shears or French seams depending on your preference. It is very important to press the seams well after sewing.
Next, overlock the top and bottom edges of the skirt to prepare the elastic wrap and hem.
Step 6 – make the elastic casing and hem the skirt
To create the elastic casing, fold the top edge down 1 1/4 inches and secure with pins. Sew the waistband, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam. Most importantly, leave a 2-inch opening to insert the elastic.
For the hem, use a straight stitch. I first made a narrow 1/2 inch hem for my gathered skirt, but had to redo it and fold it again because the skirt was too long. To avoid this, I now use a accurate skirt length chart which I always refer to when making girls' skirts.
Step 7 – insert the elastic
Now insert the 1″ wide elastic into the waistband using a safety pin, join the ends of the elastic and sew them together. Make sure the elastic is not twisted inside the case, then close the belt with a straight stitch.
If you don't have elastic that won't roll, I have a favorite tip for creating an elasticated waistband that won't twist. Start by distributing the gathers evenly around the waistband. Next, sew three vertical stitches on the elastic using a back stitch, one at the back seam and two at the side seams. This will hold the casing and rubber band in place, and it won't be visible to anyone except you.
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Your adorable patch pocket skirt is now ready to wear!
If you want to add a little extra charm to your rounded patch pockets, consider sewing cute buttons in the middle, at the bottom of the flap. This can be done by hand, or you can leave the pockets as is – they're already super pretty and add a lovely detail to this DIY ruched skirt.
Did you find this cute tutorial on the gathered skirt with rounded patch pockets helpful? I would love to know what you think! And I would love to see photos if you try this project.