Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to a Side Seam Dart

Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Side Seam

Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Side Seam

In this lesson, you will learn the mechanics of how to pivot a front bodice shoulder dart to a side bust dart. A side dart bodice sloper will be the foundation for many of your pattern making lessons. We will demonstrate how to easily move the dart and then how to true the bodice front, so that you will be able to add the side bust dart bodice to your sloper library.

The bodice sloper needed for this lesson can be found and drafted in our pattern making lesson: Drafting a Side Bust Dart Bodice from Measurements or can be found and drafted in our Draping lesson: Bodice Sloper or you can download and print our free graded Women’s Bodice Slopers (U.S. sizes 2-16) included in our lesson: Pivoting a Bodice Shoulder Dart to a Side Bust Dart. Use our Color Map download to help guide you with the cutting process. The UoF Global Size Chart will assist you in locating your size and size equivalent for the UK, Europe and Asia.

Module Description Step
1 Pivoting the Dart 1-9
2 Trueing the Darts 1-3
3 Trueing the Bodice 1-7
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MODULE 1 • Pivoting the Dart

Step Description
1 For this lesson, you will need your front Bodice Sloper with a shoulder dart and waist dart.
2 You will also need a piece of unlined white pattern paper that measures 3” (7.6cm) larger than your front Bodice Sloper on all four sides.   
3 Before you begin, use your awl to punch a hole into the dart vanishing points and the apex point on your front bodice sloper.

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