Slanted Side Pockets

These slanted side pockets are comfortable and very useful for pants and shorts, skirts and dresses.

Construction of Slanted Side Pockets

The slanted side pockets are affixed to the front piece of the garment. The pockets are made of three parts: 1. Two pocket liners; 2. Visible patch.

The method consists of two steps:

  • Step 1: The front pocket liner is attached to the front piece of the garment.
  • Step 2: The back pocket liner is attached to the front pocket liner.

It’s that simple! Let’s review the method step-by-step.

Step 1: Attaching Front Pocket Liner to the Front Piece of the


Prepare Pocket Liners

  • Use the front piece of the garment to make the total of four pocket liners: front and back liners for two pockets.
  • The liners should be as wide as the front piece.
  • The liners should be made of thin, but durable fabric.


Make a Visible Patch

  • A visible patch is attached to the back side of the pocket that is showing through the opening. It is made of the same fabric as that used for the garment itself. Sometimes, the entire back liner of the pocket is made of the garment fabric. But, if it’s too thick, the pocket may bulge too much.

Visible pouch

Create Pocket Slant in the Front Garment Piece:

  • Measure along the waste line 4 cm from the side seam towards the center and mark the top edge of the slanted opening.
  • The pocket opening should be wide enough to fit the hand with 2 cm margins on each side.
  • The corners are marked using small nicks made the tip of scissors.
  • The pocket slant is folded along the bias. Therefore, it can easily stretch and lose its shape. Reinforce the folding line by quilting along the side of the line that will be folded so that the quilting seams are not visible in the final garment. (Alternatively, use fabric adhesive tape.)
  • Fold along the line. The quilting stitches should be hidden.

Attach the Front Pocket Liner to the Front Garment Piece

  • Cut off the triangle from the side of the pocket liner to match the pocket slant.

  • Align the pocket liner with the front piece of the garment and fold the slant. Pin it to prepare for stitching.

  • Stitch from the right side along the fold using thread and stitch selection that matches the color and texture of the fabric and the desired style. This seam will be visible. White thread is used here for demonstration purposes.

  • Stitch along the folded corner of the front garment piece and the front liner of the pocket.

Step 2: Sewing Together the Front and Back Pocket Liners

Prepare the Back Liner of the Pocket

  • Use overlock stitch along the curved edge of the visible patch.

  • Attach the visible patch to the top side of the back liner by stitching aling the curved border.

  • Align the back pocket liner to the front garment piece making sure that the corresponding nicks in the seam allowances match.

  • Attach the pieces at the corners and reinforce the pocket opening with additional zig-zag stitches.

The front part of the garment can be ironed at this time. The pockets are ready.

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