Darts – they are an essential part of getting the right fit in a garment. When you begin with flat fabric and work to mold it to the human form, determining how, where and why to place darts becomes a very valuable skill as a designer. Fortunately, this process in not arbitrary. We know that fabric has to be formed around the bust at the waist and hips if it is to fit the human form properly. There is a method to creating a basic block, of course, but what happens when you are ready to branch out in terms of design? How do you change up the standard formula? This is what our dart manipulation series is all about.
Our latest video will show you how to transfer your front shoulder dart to a single waist dart on your bodice sloper. We will demonstrate how to easily move the dart and then how to true the bodice to accommodate a single waist dart. As before mentioned, learning the steps of how to shift darts will open up many interesting design possibilities for you to explore.
When you are ready to try a different method, try pivoting a front shoulder dart to a side bust dart using the video below.
Finally, try transferring the excess fabric at the bust to a center front waist dart.
For added dart manipulation inspiration, take a look here and do not hesitate to share your own designs with us.
Header images: Rodarte SS 2013 from Style.com
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