Learning how to sew a princess seam is the answer to make an elegant garment. This sewing skill will let you create flattering curves in your clothes. Learn it here!
Learn How to Sew Princess Seam For a Flattering Fit
The curvy seams you see in a woman’s bodice that provide shaping is called the princess seam. They’re the smooth vertical lines typically added to elongate the body and can be used for fitting and design. Sewing a princess seam is the same as sewing darts, but the steps can be a bit tricky for beginners. You should join the pattern pieces accurately to avert puckers and gathers along the seam. Follow along with the tutorial on how to sew princess seam with ease.
Things you will need on how to sew princess seam:
Step 1. Prepare your Pattern Pieces
When sewing the princess seam, your bodice is normally going to have one front piece, one left-side front piece, and right-side front piece. Each of these side front pieces is going to be sewn to the front piece.
Step 2. Stay Stitch the Seam Allowance
Stay stitch a half inch from the raw edge of the front piece seam allowance.
Tip: Stay stitching keeps your seam from being distorted since you are dealing with curves. It also prevents the princess seam from stretching out.
Step 3. Pin the Pieces Together
Pin each pattern pieces together. Make sure the notches match up so when you place the pieces on the right side together, you’ll be able to line up the notches on the same side. Pin the top, the notches, and the bottom.
Step 4. Sew the Seams
Sew the seam using a regular stitch.
Tip: If you want to avoid using too many pins, you can baste the seams instead of using pins. Just make sure everything is going to be in its place and there are no wrinkles.
Step 5. Cut the Notches
To ease the curved areas of your seam, cut the notches into a little inverted triangle. Be careful not to cut into your seam or the permanent stitch because it will create a hole.
Reminder: Cut the notches to allow the fabric to lay flat around the curve. It helps ease sewing the curved areas.
Step 6. Press the Seams
Press the princess seam towards the center of the garment.
Step 7. Finish the Princess Seam
After pressing the seams, turn the fabric to the right side, and you’re now done with your princess seam!
You may also want to watch the full tutorial on how to sew princess seam from Professor Pincushion:
Sewing a princess seam will make garments look elegant and give you flattering curves. It can be intimidating at first, but with all your patience and practice, you’ll surely be sewing the princess seam like a pro.
Have you tried sewing a princess seam to your garments? Share your experience with us by leaving a comment below! Looking for more sewing tips? Check out this tutorial on how to sew lining into a dress!