Step 1: What You Need
Step 2: Make the Pocket Pattern
Cut out your paper pattern when finished.
Step 3: Cut and Sew the Pockets
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.
Step 5: Attach the Pocket in Front
Now the tricky part. First, turn the pocket inside out, and lay it in the orientation that it will be when finished on the front of the garment, as shown in the first picture.
The first seam will be attaching the bottom layer of the pocket to the top layer of the jacket, which are in between my fingers in the first photo. Pin the seam in place, and sew. Be very careful to make your new seam line exactly in line with the original seam line, as especially with this jacket there is a strong crease line and distressed coloring along the edge of the seam which will show if the seam is crooked. I found it easier to sew with the jacket side facing up, as that allowed me to follow the original seam line more easily. Sew as close as possible to the top and bottom of the pocket. When finished, the pocket should look like the last two images.
Step 6: Attach the Pocket in Back
Step 7: Topstitch the Pocket
First, top stitch two lines of stitching along the front of the pocket, matching the style of the rest of the seam. There will be a gap at the top and bottom (see image 2) from ripping additional room on either side of the pocket opening. After adding the stitching to the pocket, top stitch over the remaining gaps, sewing through all layers of fabric.
Step 8: Tack Down the Pocket, and Done!
Now just tack down the pocket in key places (such as along the zipper and bottom in my case), and you're finished! Never find yourself pocket-less again!