Sewing princess seams requires a little finessing, and it took me a few tries before I could create a decent-looking curved seam. Also, I found it puzzling that the traditional method for sewing princess seams (see this tutorial) requires pressing the seam open and clipping and notching the edges, which doesn’t result in a “finished” edge. Once the garment is complete, how do you ensure all the little bits of the seam edges stay in place, particularly if the seam is to be permanently enclosed under a lining? How do you get your iron in there to press it?
After playing around with the seams and doing a little online research, I found a method that I like and that seems to work for me, and I thought I’d share it for anyone else new to princess seams and wondering how to finish the edges.
A few disclaimers:
- This is *not* the traditional way of sewing princess seams.
- I’m sure I’m not the first person to tackle princess seams this way.
- I don’t think there is any real “right” way to do this. This is just one of many methods that will work, depending on how you’d like the finished seam to be used.
- This is something that works for me on this particular dress (Butterick 5353), but it may not work for you!
- I consider myself an advanced beginner and make no claims to know what I’m talking about. : )
Ok, now that that’s out of the way, here’s how I sew princess seams with a semi-finished edge: