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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Grrrr....princess seams...!!!!!!!! ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 6/6/07 10:34 AM

Okay, so I am making my own wedding dress and I am stuck!! The dress is a strapless, princess seamed gown with an empire waist. I am stuck on these dang princess seams. I've ripped them out and redone them countless times and they are still puckering. I've changed needles, read up on different ways to ease princess seams and nothing. So, my hope is that the brilliant souls on this website can offer some suggestions.

Here is the the front view. As you can see I'm experimenting with the fashion fabric on top and the skirt is just muslin, which is why it is see through. That puckering is going to drive me crazy!

Here it is from the side. I also would take any suggestions on underlining. I've already got one layer under there and it is still see through, I may have to try some cotton batiste.

Here is a full shot, just because it makes me really excited to be a bride!!!

I would appreciate any help, because I am definately missing something here!
-- Edited on 6/6/07 10:38 AM --

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Date: 6/6/07 11:44 AM

sorry cant help but just wanted to say well done making your own dress its fab... please keep us updated on your progress i love wedding dresses... :0)

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Date: 6/6/07 11:55 AM

You are doing a great job. I ran into that problem while doing dsis's dress. Clip a LOT in the seam allowance of the front to the stitching. After you sew the seam, trim the seam allowances to 3/8 inch (or 1/4 inch), then press the seam allowances together toward the center front. Don't move the bodice until it has cooled after the pressing. Hope this helps

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Date: 6/6/07 12:34 PM

There was a princess seamed jumper review a few days ago:

Princess Jumper

In this excellent review, mention is made of the techniques on the web site of Kathleen Fasanella. I then read that blog and OH MY - what wonderful stuff it is - Iurge you to read this:

Fashion Incubator

Good luck!

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Date: 6/6/07 12:57 PM

That dress is looking gorgeous and the fit is perfect. About those seams... I have to add that you should clip as much as possible in those curves.

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Date: 6/6/07 1:00 PM

I want to reiterate the pressing. Sometimes pressing with a good steam iron or damping the material a bit and then pressing can make puckers magicaly disappear. As for lining, if you already have one layer in you may want to consider a pretty undergarment to add to your special day instead of adding more lining to your dress, which by the way is coming along very nicely. Do keep us posted.

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Date: 6/6/07 5:16 PM

The centre panel looks a fraction too long try taking out even 1/4 inch could make the difference, also trim the seam allowances to 3/8inch before sewing and then just sew with the 3/8 seam allowance, its much easier to sew this type of seam with as little seam allowance as possible.

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Date: 6/6/07 9:52 PM

First of all, the fit of your dress is great - it is all about the fit! As for your princess seams:
When you sew the seam, make sure that the side that is being eased in is on the bottom (where the feed dog will help to move it along) which will mean that you are sewing each princess seam differently (one will start from the top to the waist and the other will be stitched starting from the waist up to the top). Then you can trim the seam allowance down and clip if needed.
Also, make sure that you are trying it on with the undergarments that you will be wearing for the wedding.
I hope that you will post it again when you have finished!

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Date: 6/6/07 10:22 PM

Wow, thank you so much for advice! I really appreciate it! It's great to know if I have questions I can turn to everyone. Unfortunately today I gave up. It was just too much stress for me, considering I'm getting married in about four months and I start school in two months. I think I was on the right path, but it just wasn't an enjoyable experience for me anymore. I learned a great deal in the process that is invaluable for altering strapless dresses, which will come in handy. So, here is the dress that I bought today and that I love to death.

Here it is. It's a lot more than I wanted to spend, but I love it sooo much. It really makes me feel fabulous. So, once again I say thank you to everyone who answered my questions, it was invaluable advice. Oh, and does anyone want to buy 8 yards of eggshell colored satin, with an already made lace overlay??? Hahaha...I don't think anyone else is crazy enough to try and make their own gown! Now, I get to go sew something fun!

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Date: 6/7/07 8:28 AM

Your dress is gorgeous! Itís the most beautiful Iíve seen in a long time, and thatís coming from someone who does not care for strapless dresses. Congratulations on your find. Itís definitely worth what you paid for it. I, too, bought fabric to make my dress ($40 a yard silk satin) and ended up buying one that I loved more. I still have the fabric, which I plan to use to make monogrammed pillowcases, a robe, and possibly lingerie.

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