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Posted by: Joanna in Western Australia

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Posted on: 8/27/10 5:43 AM
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I have used this method successfully for many years. It is from the Reader's Digest "Sewing and Knitting" Book.
1. Place a row reinforcement stitches just inside the seamline from the top of the garment edge to just below the second notch on the centre front/back panel. Clip between the notches 3 or 4 times and one below the notch.
2. With the side panel on top, match and pin the seamline, spreading the clipped edge to fit. Make additional clips if necessary. Tack in place.
3. With the clipped side up, stitch on the seamline, beyond the edge of the clips, being careful to keep the underside smooth.
4. Remove the tacking and finger press the seam open. Notch out the fullness from the inward curve ( the side panel pieces), staggering the clips wherever possible.
5. Close the seam and place over a tailor's ham and with the tip of the iron press flat. Do not press into the body of the garment especially in the curved areas.
6. With the tip of the iron, press the seam open over the tailor's ham. Move the seam around to match the curve of the seam with the curve of the tailor's ham. Leave to cool.

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Alimat said... (9/15/10 5:44 AM) Reply
very helpful, good to know how other people do things!
Joanna in Western Australia said... (8/29/10 8:35 PM) Reply
Step 5 - Yes, you put the right sides together. I place the bulk of the fabric to my left and the seam on my right and press just with the tip of the iron on the seam side just getting the seam line to set the stitches and let cool. I have pictures in my book - maybe if I scan them...
MaddyGranMa said... (8/29/10 6:51 PM) Reply
For people that are wanting a more hands on step-by-step approach to fitting a princess seam you might try Patricia Schoenman's online classes on the Princess Seam at They are just beginning the princess seam so wander over and see if it is something that might help you.
elsew said... (8/28/10 5:13 PM) Reply
deesews said... (8/28/10 1:16 PM) Reply
Could you please explain step 5 a bit more? Do you mean you fold the item, right sides together, and press the seam flat? How do you avoid pressing into the body of the garment? Thank you.
kws said... (8/28/10 9:51 AM) Reply
I need a picture or two. Thanks
marec said... (8/28/10 1:08 AM) Reply
Thanks so much-I follow a similar method but am bookmarking yours as it seems easier.
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