Why on earth a perfectly good jacket like this didn't have pockets in a normal place is beyond me. As you can see, it did have pockets at the bust, but I'm not going to walk around all day acting as my own bra, thank you very much. If you have ever been in a similar dilemma, or wanted to add pockets anywhere along a seam line (skirts, dresses, you name it), here's how.
Step 1: What you Need
All you need to add pockets is a strong fabric to make them out of, a seam ripper, and your sewing machine. And of course something in need of a pocket.
Step 2: Make the Pocket Pattern
Lay your garment flat, and use a piece of paper to draw the pattern for your pocket. In my case, I was constricted on the size of the pocket by the zipper and bottom of the jacket, which you can see drawn on the paper. The pocket can be pretty close to the hem or zipper, but leave a little space to prevent the possibility of it getting caught in the zipper, or showing beneath the hemline. Also, be sure to test the pockets when you sew them in the next step- it is easy to make them too small (which I did first time around).
Cut out your paper pattern when finished.
Step 3: Cut and Sew the Pockets
Fold your pocket fabric into fourths, as you will need four layers to construct your two pockets. Cut around the pocket pattern, adding whatever seam allowance you prefer (I left 1/4").
Now it's time to sew the pockets. Only sew around the curves, the flat part stays open. At first I only used a zig zag stitch to secure it, but found I needed a line of straight stitching as well for strength.
Step 4: Rip Openings for your Pockets
Pretty self explanatory. Lay your pocket on the garment to determine placement, and pin to mark the top and bottom of the opening. You will need to rip about a half inch to an inch more that the height of your pocket in either direction to allow for easy sewing.