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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