How to make a grosgrain application on slit pockets

Grosgrain application on slit pockets

Curious on how to make the grosgrain applications on slit pockets on the Burdastyle empire dress? While the Burdastyle’s instruction are okay, I used a quicker method that requires less fiddling and no marking on the fabric. So without further ado, here is the fast way to make a grosgrain application on slit pockets:

What you’ll need:
2 pieces of grosgrain ribbon (preferable synthetic). For the pockets for this particular dress each piece should be about 45 cm long (approx 18 inches)
A lighter
Needle and thread for basting
A blind hem presser fot.

To prevent the grosgrain from fraying melt the edges using a zip lighter. This assumes the ribbon is synthetic.

Close the edges to make a circle using narrow a zigzag stitch. The edges should not overlap, the zigzag will be enough to keep the edges together.

Fold and press the ribbon to create the corners.

Baste the application on the fabric. Burda recommends attaching the application before sewing the pockets. I did this tutorial after making the dress and just used a regular fabric piece for the tutorial, so hence why no inseam pockets are visible on this sample.

Using the blind hem presser feet as a guide, topstitch the application in place and be careful not snag any seam allowance or parts of the pockets if you already have begun sewing them.

The finished pocket. I really like this simple and quick way of adding interest to a pocket. I’ve done something similar before on my Carven knock-off skirt, but that solution was way more difficult and time consuming.


  • BeccaA
    January 8, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for explaining and showing this. It is so simple and clear and I wouldn't have thought of it on my own. Gorgeous!

    • Johanna
      January 8, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Thank you! I wish Burdastyle would do more pictorials and use less fussy techniques and difficult to understand instructions. But I guess we get what we pay for when it comes to pattern magazine, so better instructions would most likely raise the price.


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