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The Pocket Skirt

Pocket Skirt >> MaddieMadeThis.comI feel like I say this every month, but seriously: where did May go?!  I can hardly believe that it’s already time to share our May makes for Project #SewMyStyle!  It seems like I was just sharing awesome ways to customize your Cali Faye Pocket Skirt, and now here I am sharing my completed garment.  To be honest, this is the latest I’ve ever put off sewing my #SewMyStyle project: I finished this Saturday night just in time for a shoot on Sunday morning.  Luckily, it all got done, and now I can share my finished Pocket Skirt with you!

The Pocket Skirt

Setting Up the Pocket Skirt

The Pocket Skirt is from the Cali Faye Collections Basic line, and lives up to its name — it’s really pretty simple.  I used my favorite chambray from JoAnns for this, which I’ve used for a few other projects in the past including my ruffled Lou hack.  It’s a super simple pattern to trace and cut out.  I made a small, based on my measurements.  I also added two inches for length, @ my #sewingtall friends.

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Other than that, it’s a very simple set up.  I contemplated making ties for mine but decided I didn’t really feel like turning out a fabric tube on Saturday night.  One thing that did surprise me is that there is a zipper in the skirt, in addition to the elastic waist.  I’ll get into this more in a minute, but just be more prepared for it than I was.

Sewing the Pocket Skirt

This skirt is fundamentally an easy sew (again, Basics line!).  The pockets are super simple and finished very nicely.  I used the wrong side of the fabric for a little visual interest.   Originally I was going to do them in leather but I couldn’t find the fabric in my stash…

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But the zipper, you guys.  Whyyyyyyyyyyyy a zipper?  I would just so much rather have sized up and not included one.  I can actually fit the size Small skirt over my hips without unzipping it, but just barely.  Adding the zipper in complicates things unnecessarily, I think.  Okay, I get why — it’s a little neater — but this is a basic skirt.  (I don’t think I’d be as annoyed if the pattern didn’t say basic…)  I don’t think I’ll end up making another Pocket Skirt just based on my wardrobe needs right now, but if I did I’d definitely just add another two inches to the waist and skip the zipper.   It’s not worth unpicking the waistband a million times to get it right.

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Yardage needed: 1 yard (great stash buster!)

Level: Advanced beginner (zipper)

Time: approximately 1.5 hours

General modifications: Maybe eliminating the zipper?

#SewingTall modifications: Added 2″ to the length


  1. I found the zip a little odd too, and I’m not totally convinced by the overall shape of the skirt. I like the extra length that you added. I get the feeling that mine is a little short. You can see mine here: https://naomisews.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/califaye-pocket-skirt/

    1. The zipper definitely seems like an interesting design feature… I’m so torn, because I loved a lot of the finished skirts I saw, but wasn’t sold on mine in the end. Can’t wait to check yours out!

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