If you have ever tried to make clothes fit you will know what a dart is. For those sewing novices, this is one technique that you really must master before you make costumes or clothes. This is our quick rundown of all that you need to know!
What is it?
If you are an experienced sewer you can probably move onto the next section. Amateurs though should pay close attention! A dart is the way you shape fabric to fit those womanly curves! If you think about a fitted jacket or shirt, there are lines that vertically appear on the garment. These are the darts and these are the magic techniques that make an item sleek. Although the end result is the same, there are actually two different types of dart:
- A single pointed dart flares out at one end;
- A shaped dart is the one that is most commonly used to shape the waistline of a garment and gives a closer fit.
Mastering the Technique
Darts can be tricky. They have to be executed perfectly to work and look professional. The ideal is to create a smooth silhouette which means no puckering, no tension and perfect placement on both sides of the item. This is no mean feat!
Step by Step
Here is out quick guide to sewing a dart. This should give you an idea of what you need to pay attention to in order to get the right finish. Here we are going to guide you through the single pointed dart.
Darts are an excellent way of finishing your item. They guarantee a good fit and give a professional look to your garment. They are worth mastering and most certainly worth spending some time on. Start experimenting with some fragments of fabric today.