Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings with added back waist pocket

I’ve been wanting to make my own leggings for a while. I tried the Seamwork Aries as part of my Make Nine 2018 but I was unimpressed with the fit. Looking at a bunch of photos and reading review online, I chose the Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings for my second try. I also decided to hack them right away by adding a back pocket to the waist band.

I didn’t follow any instructions to do this so here are the steps I came up with to add a semi-secure back pocket to my Avery Leggings.

  1. Choose a pattern – I chose the Avery leggings, mid-rise version and decreased the height of the waist band by one inch (I am very short waisted).
  2. Figure out how big you want your pocket – I wanted mine to fit my iPhone SE.
  3. Draft a lower piece that is the desired length and about 3/4 of the height of the waist band – be sure to add seam allowance to ends and the top of this piece (the bottom will include the same seam allowance that is included in the waistband piece)
  4. Draft an upper pocket piece that is the same length as the lower piece but only about half the total height of the waistband – add seam allowances as above.
  5. Finished the lower edge of the upper pocket piece and the upper edge of the lower pocket piece – I fold them under with a zig zag stitch.
  6. Place the lower piece in the centre of the outer back waistband piece, lining up the bottom of the pocket piece with the bottom of the waistband – zig zag stitch the pocket piece down at the sides.
  7. Repeat with the upper pocket piece lining it up with the top of the outer waist band piece – it should over lap the lower pocket piece creating a covered opening.
  8. Finish the leggings according the pattern instructions treating the back waist band piece with the pocket pieces as one piece.
  9. Voila! A secure back waistband pocket!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Lindsay