If you’re new to sewing, you may have heard of a technique called Princess Seam. it’s an excellent choice for designing clothing for plus sizes.
Princess seams are a design tool that can transform a garment’s fit and silhouette, providing a slimmer, more flattering appearance. By embracing the body’s natural curves and creating elongating lines, these seams enhance the waistline, accentuate the bust, and create an overall sense of elegance.
What is a Princess Seam?
A Princess Seam is a sewing technique that involves sewing two curved seams from the shoulder or armhole to the waist line or the hem of the garment, creating a vertical seam that follows the contours of the body. This technique is named after the princess dresses of the 19th century, which were designed to create a slimming effect on the body. Princess seams are commonly used in women’s clothing, such as dresses, blouses, and jackets.
In the featured photo of Sewing Pattern Secret’s Faux Wrap dress, the princess seam is used in the design from shoulder to hem and can appear as a single or double breasted dress or dress jumper.
Benefits of Princess Seams
Princess seams are known for their ability to create a more fitted look in clothing, which can make someone appear slimmer. Unlike traditional darts, which can create a pointy look in certain areas of the body, princess seams create a smooth and streamlined silhouette. Princess seams can also be a great choice for plus sizes, as they can help to create a more balanced and proportioned look in clothing.
The Alluring Contour of Princess Seams:
Princess seams are long, curved seams that run vertically from the shoulder or armhole down to the hemline, typically found on fitted garments like dresses and bodices. Unlike traditional side seams, which tend to break up the fabric horizontally, princess seams create a visually elongated line along the body, resulting in a sleeker appearance.
Slimming Effect on the Waistline:
One of the most notable benefits of princess seams is their ability to visually narrow the waistline. By skillfully following the natural contours of the body, these seams sculpt the fabric to embrace the curves and create a defined waist. The result is a slimming effect that accentuates the hourglass figure, making it a popular choice for formal gowns and tailored dresses.
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