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Manipulating Your Darts to Create Great Style

You can have interesting styling details and great fit!


I know, I know, darts are clunky and unattractive.  

But did you know you can use them to create styling details - while maintaining the great fit you worked so hard to achieve?

Darts can be converted to shaping seams, which look so much better than those pointy little wedges of fabric.  A princess seam, for example, is sleek and smooth. It's flattering to almost everyone - and who knew those pesky bust and waist darts are hidden in there???

In this video, I give you step-by-step instructions for transforming your clunky darts into a smooth, sleek princess seam. 




There are many more ways you can manipulate darts to create styling details.  They can be converted into pleats, at the shoulder or a center front seam.  They can be incorporated into a yoke seam. They can be divided into multiple darts and moved to the neckline (either at evenly spaced darts or pleats), they can be converted into gathers - the list is almost endless!

I show many other options in A Beginner's Guide to Designing with Darts.

Get out your quarter scales, and start practicing dart manipulation!



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