so anyone who sews has come across a dart at some stage but have you ever really noticed what they do? I’ve started work on drafting the pattern for my new dress and in doing so have been playing about with the darts.
My starting point was my dress block. Its essentially my bodice block joined onto my skirt one, but the dart on the skirt section gets moved over to line up with the the bottom of the dart in the bodice. (Eagle-eyes out there will see that I haven’t bothered to draw in a nice little curve from waist to hip)
I don’t want to use this configuration of darts so I closed off the shoulder and waist darts and opened up the side chest along the line in the above photo to create a new one.
watch what happens if I now close the new dart – which what you’re going to do when you sew it (to clarify on perspective, camera is now sitting on the table top);
the paper takes on a 3D shape more like what it is going to fit around. To my nerdy little brain this is fun to see but I also think it helps with sewing in general if you can understand/see what your pattern is trying to do…