Using French Seams for your “Charlotte” Side Seams

French seams are a wonderful finish for the side seams especially when using fabrics that can easily fray. It only takes a couple extra steps. *If you are using a slippery fabric spray starch can really help, especially with the bias facing. Just make sure that you test it on a scrap of your fabric first.

Start by placing your bodices wrong sides together and pin.

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Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance and trim to 1/8″. Press seam allowance toward the back bodice.

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Turn your bodices to be right sides together.  Pin along the seam and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance, encasing the raw edges.

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Check from the right side that you have encased all of the raw edges and you have finished your french seams. Continue on with the instructions for your “Charlotte.”

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