Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Princess Seam ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Princess Seam
Having trouble making the seam
MandMMom
MandMMom
Advanced Beginner
NJ USA
Member since 3/2/13
Posts: 10
Login to reply to this post

Date: 3/29/13 10:57 PM

Hi! I'm making Simplicity 1667 view D for my daughter. The princess seam doesn't line up under the arm. Is there a trick to sewing it? Thanks

Hauteaway
star
Hauteaway  Friend of PR
Beginner
CA USA
Member since 9/5/10
Posts: 244

Going to PR Weekend Austin!
Login to reply to this post

In reply to MandMMom <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 3/30/13 2:52 AM

Tell me if I've got this right: you are sewing the seam from the hem toward the armhole and when you get there it doesn't line up? How large is the deviation? I'm only guessing here, but when sewing a curve you have to account for the different shapes of the two sides. For instance, over the fullness of the bust, the side panel of a princess seamed bodice is convex (curved like the outside of a contact lens) and the middle panel is either slightly concave (curved like the inside of a contact lens), or straight, or angled. While the seam length will be the same - because it's one seam! - the lengths of the edges of the pieces are different, so you have to ease along the curves. The way I do this is to pin both ends, then any markings, then ease the lengths between the ends and markings, then sew. If you're doing all that, and the pieces just don't fit, then visual old me would love a photo of the problem!

ETA: I know everyone knows how to get there, but I'm a real sucker for having quick links, so here: Simplicity 1667
-- Edited on 3/30/13 2:54 AM --

------
YAN: Yet Another Nancy

Mufffet
starstarstarstar
Mufffet  Friend of PR
Intermediate
VT USA
Member since 8/14/05
Posts: 10485
Login to reply to this post

In reply to MandMMom <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 3/30/13 9:05 AM

I always sew from the top down. If you match those pieces at the top - the armhole, and the ease as Hauteaway says, then if it isn't even at the bottom, that's no problem because you are going to trim that anyway to do you hemming!Also, sometimes when sewing together a princess seam, I have had a little sort of point/tooth shaped piece of fabric left on top due to different curvature in the pattern pieces. I just trim it to the rest of the armhole. It all turns out right! Now, some of this that I am saying isn't orthodox sewing as in lessons, but it works. The easing is the thing that you will learn as you go along - it is at first painstaking, but it comes. Good luck and happy sewing and share a picture when you are done! Here's a review of a Lutterloh princess shirt I made:

Princess Seamed shirt
-- Edited on 3/30/13 9:07 AM --

------
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
--Dalai Lama

I have sewing machines

schmammy
star
schmammy  Friend of PR
TX USA
Member since 12/5/06
Posts: 758
Login to reply to this post

Date: 3/30/13 9:45 AM

This tutorial made a huge difference in the way I handle princess and other curved seams. (I hope it is still accessible to non-Threads Insiders!)

Good luck!

------
Indecision may or may not be my problem. -Jimmy Buffet

http://chihuahuaonmylap.blogspot.com/

JudieL
JudieL  Friend of PR
Intermediate
AUSTRALIA
Member since 12/27/12
Posts: 217
Login to reply to this post

Date: 3/30/13 9:58 AM

If your markings at the beginning and end of the actual princess part of the seam line up there shouldn't be any differences at the armhole and hemline. If you don't clip and notch the curve properly that could lead to the problem. Maybe the easiest way of showing it is by video. This one seems pretty good: Princess seam. HTH

------
Judie

MandMMom
MandMMom
Advanced Beginner
NJ USA
Member since 3/2/13
Posts: 10
Login to reply to this post

Date: 3/30/13 9:05 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions!

Nancy K
starstarstar
Nancy K
Advanced
NY USA
Member since 12/28/04
Posts: 8078
Login to reply to this post

In reply to MandMMom <<


Date: 3/30/13 9:23 PM

there are two tricks to sewing a princess seam. Stay stitch the center piece in the area of the curve and clip so that it straightens out. Sew with the side piece on the bottom so that the feed dogs ease the extra length. Use lots of pins at the curve perpendicular to the seam to keep it in place.

------
www.nancyksews.blogspot.com

Muldini
Muldini
Intermediate
Member since 9/29/10
Posts: 27
Login to reply to this post

Date: 3/31/13 5:19 PM

It may sound silly, but one thing that's caught me out a couple of times is trying to match the cutting lines/the cut edges instead of the stitching lines. Could it be that?

Please someone correct me if I'm wrong in thinking that would make a significant difference over a number of seams...

marymary86
marymary86
Intermediate
GA USA
Member since 7/20/08
Posts: 2587
Login to reply to this post

In reply to schmammy <<


Date: 3/31/13 5:53 PM

it's only for insiders now.

I knew I had to ease the fuller rounder part of the seam into the other side.

I haven't sewn one is a while but if I'm remembering correctly once I lined up notches, I knew how much had to be eased in. I never chose synthetic fabric for princess seams since they were such a pain to ease.

------
Mary


schmammy
star
schmammy  Friend of PR
TX USA
Member since 12/5/06
Posts: 758
Login to reply to this post

In reply to marymary86 <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 4/1/13 9:16 AM

That's too bad because it really is helpful. I think it was by Kenneth King. The key is to use A LOT of pins in the curve...like maybe every 1/8" to 1/4"! Tedious to pin and to sew but the result is well worth it. Oh, and pressing correctly, too.

------
Indecision may or may not be my problem. -Jimmy Buffet

http://chihuahuaonmylap.blogspot.com/

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> Princess Seam

Merchants on PR
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Altering Pants
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Pants

Online Sewing Classes
Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $49.00)
Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics

Burda 7517 DRESS
photo
Review by birdmcfarl... on 3/16/10
Read Review

Burda 9493 Pattern
Burda 9493 Pattern

Details
Price: $5.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 1558 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )
Simplicity 1558 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Ottobre Design Magazine 03-2009-23 Bert Shorts
photo
Review by lara900 on 8/20/09
Read Review

Peek-A Boo Starboard Jacket Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -12 years )
Peek-A Boo Starboard Jacket Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -12 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress Digital Pattern( Size 6m-3T )
Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress Digital Pattern( Size 6m-3T )

Details
Price: $13.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Petite Plus 102 Pattern
Petite Plus 102 Pattern

Details
Price: $21.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Shapes Four Good Measure Pattern (Size 1-3)
Shapes Four Good Measure Pattern (Size 1-3)

Details
Price: $16.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN