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Guest Post: Harmony Skirt and Pocket Tutorial featuring Tonga Dragonfly

Hi everyone, Rachel here of Rachel Rossi Designs! Today I’m sharing my new Harmony Skirt pattern and pocket tutorial with you… let’s jump right in!

Fall fashion is my favorite. There’s always something fun new, and colorful to lead us into the most beautiful season of the year. I’m excited to share what I’ve been working on with you in a beautiful array of colors from Timeless Treasures.

You might be surprised to find that 2018 has been the year of quilts for mainstream fashion! Companies like Dior, Coach, and even Calvin Klein have been incorporating our craft into their fashion shows for the past two seasons, and I don’t think they plan on phasing them out anytime soon. You can see some of the garments here.

sewing pattern for pieced skirt

While mass production of quilted garments doesn’t seem feasible for most of the world, you possess a special talent that allows you to make this runway fashion your very own! Who knew quilting would be “in” for fall?!

To celebrate fall and the upcoming holiday season of handmade gifting, I recently released my newest creation, the Harmony Skirt. I’ve teamed up with Timeless Treasures and created a stunning fall skirt out of their new collection, Tonga Dragonfly. The collection is available in stores now! And, get your own copy of the Harmony pattern in my shop here.

Dragonfly Collection by Timeless Treasures

I had so much fun working with this fabric—batiks are always just a blast! I love the vibrancy and variety of color and whenever I find a little dot of wax, I get giddy! The entire process is fascinating to me.

Now, the only thing better than a one-of-a-kind skirt is a skirt with pockets…

pieced skirt with pockets

…am I right?!

So, today I’m not only sharing this awesome pattern with you, I’m also giving you the official hack for adding pockets into this beauty.

The best part about these pockets is that they are nearly invisible, so in addition to being lovely, this skirt will make you feel like a genius when you’re through.

If you are out on the pockets and want to grab your copy of the Harmony Skirt while it’s still hot, head on over to my shop to get your copy. After that, head to your local quilt shop to get your pack(s) of Dragonfly Tonga Treats!


Adding Pockets to the Harmony Skirt

Pockets are an easy addition to any skirt, but they are perfect for the comfy and forgiving Harmony Skirt! You can add pockets to both the knee length and maxi skirts.

Maxi length pieced skirt pattern

What You’ll Need

Pockets don’t require much more than a little bit of fabric and thread! I love using Variegated thread throughout this project, but you won’t be seeing your thread for these few simple steps.

Where to Start

Start at the begining of the Harmony pattern and work your way to Step 6. In step 6, you’ll lay out the strips as directed, but once you’ve laid them out, you should separate them into two sections. Create two units as you work to Step 10. After completing Step 10 for both units, you’ll add in this pocket hack and then continue on to Step 11 to finish your skirt.

Cutting

First, we’ll need to cut out your pockets. Print out my free pocket template and cut out the paper template.

Next, you’ll fold your fabric so that you’ve got four layers. The beauty of Batiks is that there are no right or wrong sides, so cutting is a breeze! Place your template on top of the four layers, pin, and cut.

Place one of your pockets 5 inches below the waist on one of your skirt units. Make sure you’re matching the straight edge of the pocket with the straight edge of your skirt. Pin into place.

Use a scant 1/4″ seam to sew along the straight edge of the pocket. This will secure the skirt to the pocket. Open the pocket outward and iron. It should stick out like a dog ear. Repeat on the remaining 3 sides of your skirt units.

Sewing in pockets on a skirt

Next, you’ll match up your skirt units, right sides together. Carefully match your pockets and pin in place.

Using a true 1/4″ seam, stitch from the top of the skirt, around the pocket, and down the side of the skirt. If you’d like, you can go back and serge down the side and around the edge of the pocket to finish things off nicely, just make sure that you’re careful not to cut into the pocket or the skirt as you go!

Congrats! You’ve created your first pocket. Now repeat on the opposite side.

Now it’s time to finish the rest of your skirt! Head back on over to the Harmony pattern and wrap this thing up!

I want to thank Timeless Treasures for the opportunity to work with these beautiful fabrics from the Tonga Dragonfly collection, and for allowing me to share on the blog today! I also want to thank you for taking the time to check out my new design! Click here to to purchase your copy of the Harmony skirt. When you are shopping for supplies, don’t forget to grab the Dragonfly collection of Tonga Treats or any StripJr pack in your favorite colors!

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