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Free Pattern Hack: Ginger with Shaped Patch Pockets


As much as I hate to admit it, summer is coming to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere. You can’t visit the supermarket without seeing pumpkins and cinnamon scented pinecones, reminding you of impending Autumn days. It all seems to soon! As I sit here writing this post, the AC is going and I am wearing a sleeveless shirt. I have to fight my instinct to sew summer florals and sundresses, and instead revisit practical and transitional separates.

The Ginger skirt is a classic. This a-line skirt can easily be made up in anything from crisp denim to summery linens, bold solids to sweet prints, or a luscious wool like I used in this sample. The possibilities are endless!


For this month’s pattern hack I wanted to add a feature that everyone loves to the Ginger skirt. POCKETS! I don’t think I am being extreme when I say that 99% of garments can be improved with the addition of pockets. Where else are you suppose to keep your chapstick and seam ripper (I know I am not the only one that almost always has a seam ripper on hand)?

The lovely folks over at Cloth House sent us the most delicious light weight wool in a stunning blue yarn dye. I knew it would be an amazing fabric for a topstitched Ginger with pockets. I have since been browsing their online shop plotting my Autumn sewing, because gorgeous wools make saying goodbye to summer a little bit easier, right?

Don’t forget Ginger is 20% off through the end of August when you use promo code GINGERMONTH at check out!

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Haley Glenn

Editorial Director

Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.



August 19, 2015 #

Great skirt!


August 19, 2015 #

Nice hack! But more importantly, what shirt is that?? I haven’t seen it on the website before.


August 19, 2015 #

It is the version 4 of Laurel, sewn up in a really gorgeous silk georgette.

French Toast Tasha

August 19, 2015 #

I’m so with you here—definitely not ready for summer to be over, wool is the best, and everything is better with pockets!


August 23, 2015 #

I really like how you put all the hacks in a file together that we can update. Nice, very professional and streamlined add-on.

Agneta Olofsson

September 3, 2015 #

These pockets are lovely!

Right now this pattern can be found with a discount, only 7.66 usd, at (just change the currency and language). I am closing my store and selling all the patterns, but Ginger is actually my “pattern of the week” so it’s only limited time! :)

Have fun all happy sewers!
/Agneta, one of Colette Patterns online retailers.