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How do I join these two princess panels?

kearnine | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am trying to create this jumper to look exactly like it does in the picture. I’m sure this is rudimentary, but I can’t figure out the slickest way to construct the seam that connects the side/front panels to the center/front panel, particularly at the point where the center/front panel stops and the strap goes up (see spot circled in blue in attached picture). I want the seams to be on the inside of the dress as shown. Do I snip into the seam at that point so I can hem the edge of the strap from there on up? If so, how do I make that spot look professional on the underside and keep the snipped edges from raveling?

Or should I be lining the panels in some way?

Thanks in advance for any help …


  1. starzoe | | #1

    It is really very difficult to see what is happening here - do you mean that you have a princess seam up to where the straps are and intend to sew the straps onto the jumper separately?
    Even if the straps are cut in one with the side fronts I would think a solution would be to make a full neckline facing which would take care of the inside edge of the straps assuming you seam the shoulder seam on the straps, and then do a separate facing for the armscyes which would line the outside edge of the straps.

    1. kearnine | | #2

      Thank you very much! I did not think of facings. I will try that.

  2. Josefly | | #3

    Cute jumper. I would make a combined neck-armscye facing. The straps that go over the shoulder are so narrow, that two facings, one for neck and one for armscye, would likely overlap and create bulk.

  3. sewchris703 | | #4

    I'd sew the top band to the center front panel. Then sew the side/strap panel to the center front section. You can either make a full facing (neck and armholes as one piece), a full lining to the hem (sewn into the hem or hemmed separately), or a half lining to the waist.Chris

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