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Sewing 101: Darts

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  1. ppags

    Oooh, lovely! Do you plan on covering darts that go in a skirt. I would wager they would be similar to the the ones you showed. I have a cut of linen that is begging to be my skirt.

  2. Wendy

    Thank you for the tutorial! It was very helpful to me. Now I know how to make my own darts on garments!!!! 🙂

  3. tillymintboutique

    Fantastic info thank you! Going to give it a go on a dress and will blog how I get on!

  4. East Coast-er Momma

    Thank you!! This is one thing that I have really tried to just "figure out" on my own and can never seem to master it. wonderful tutorial

  5. alittlepetite

    I am just learning how to sew and your 101 lessons are so helpful! thank you!!!!<br /><br />

  6. Dana Lynne

    wow. this is amazingly helpful!!!! thanks so much for the time and thoughtfulness you put into it!! 🙂

  7. sewoeno

    this was exactly what i was looking for !!!! thank you!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  8. Sarah

    I have a question: How do you know how large to make the dart? That is my biggest stumbling block with darts!

  9. Diana Potocka

    Your way seems to be very easy, thank you! 🙂

  10. Diana Potocka

    Your way seems to be very easy, thank you! 🙂

  11. Goutami

    Thanks so much! I&#39;m a total novice making my own dress for the first time. (Yeah, probably a bad idea 😛 But I don&#39;t like being burdened by instructions). This tutorial and especially the second part was just perfect for what I need 🙂 Thank you so much! And your drawing skills are just fine 😉

  12. אוריאל ועדי הרצוג

    This tutorial is so simple and halpfull!!! thank you!

  13. Ella

    what happened to the darts for breasts,And on the horizontal darts, the square cut out really through me off that cut out thing came from left field for me. thanks for all your hard work !

    1. Shauna

      Nothing happened to the bust darts, this tutorial is just for understanding what a dart looks like and how to sew one, and add one to a pattern. I used a waist dart for this particular top however you can use this same method to add a dart at the bust, either way you are cutting and spreading the pattern. This particular dart was used for a child’s top so the dart was to add some shaping but for a women’s dart the method is the same however there are a few more measurements to consider when placing the dart to get the right fit.

  14. Brenda

    Would this work on a tunic that is already made. It is loose and need some shape in the back. What do you think?

    1. Shauna

      Yes you can easily add a dart to add shape to a pre-existing garment. You don’t have to cut anything away you can just sew a dart by pinching in the excess fabric and sew in the dart shape where needed.

  15. Ella Duhon

    My question is since the bust line usually falls within the confines of the arm hole space, with precise measurements, how do you know where to start the dart measuring? Exactly what method is used to come to this final comclusion? I believe this should be key to proper positioning of a dart.

    1. Shauna

      Yes there is a lot more that goes into darts, especially the placement of a bust dart. This tutorial is focused more on how to sew a dart, what they look like, and how you add on to shape a waist. I may go into more detail about bust darts and measurements used at a later date.

  16. lynn

    Thank you, I needed to learn how to do this.

  17. Shania

    oh so very thorough, and i also appreciate your writing style. Thanks <3

  18. Maya

    THANK YOU THANK YOU for demystifying this for me! Just discovered this tute via a Google search. I want to attempt to make a simple cotton top for the first time, and I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate the extra fabric needed for a dart once I’d drawn out my bodice pattern pieces! That is so clever – cutting out the box, retracing the bodice shape, then angling the box away to form the extra triangle needed. Epiphany moment! Hehe, sorry I’ve gone on a bit – I’ve just been thinking about this for ages, and could not figure it out! Maya.

  19. Alana

    Best example of a bodice pattern shape with darts! I looked everywhere after fudging my way through my garments and using the shifting square method saved my sanity. Thank you

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