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French Dart

French Dart

Once you have draped our Basic Bodice lesson, you are ready to learn how to manipulate darts to create this modern alternative, the French Dart. We will teach you how to position the dart and then how to mark and true it.  You will have fun creating a back for this bodice. View our other dart manipulation lessons to add to your draping library.

Module Description Step
1 Lesson Prep 1-5
2 Draping French Dart Bodice 1-9
3 Marking French Dart Bodice 1-6
4 Trueing French Dart Bodice 1-6
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MODULE 1 • Lesson Prep

Step Description
1 To begin this lesson, style tape your dress form’s bust level. Style tape from apex to apex, to the side seam on the right side of the dress form.
2 For a size 6 dress form, you will need to prepare a muslin block that measures 14” (35.6cm) wide in the width grain x 21” (53.3cm) long in the length grain of the muslin. You should always remove the selvage of the muslin first. Snip and tear your front muslin, so that your block will be on grain.
3A With the front muslin block flat on the table, we will use our L square to check if our muslin block’s grains are at right angles to each another.


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