A dart adds three-dimensional shape to a single section of fabric. Darts are sometimes found at the bust, waist, and hip area of a fitted garment.
- Using the pattern as a guide, transfer the dart to the wrong side of the garment.
- Fold the fabric making sure the dart markings match.
- Stitch, beginning at the wide end, gradually tapering to nothing at the point.
- Reinforce the end by hand tying a square knot or backstitching on the sewing machine.
- Press vertical darts to the centre of the body. Press horizontal darts down.
Standards for Evaluating Darts
- Thread matches the garment.
- The right side lays smooth, and is free from creases or bubbles at the dart point.
- Matching darts are the same size and angle.
- The dart is pressed over a ham to obtain and retain a curved shape.
Darts - Constructing a Dart