Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to One Waist Dart

Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to One Waist Dart

Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to One Waist Dart

In this lesson, you will learn 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. Learning the steps of how to shift darts will open up many interesting design possibilities for you to explore.

The bodice sloper needed for this lesson can be found and drafted in our Pattern making lesson: Drafting a Shoulder Dart Bodice Sloper from Measurements. Or you can use the bodice sloper found and draped 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 1-7
2 Trueing the Waist Dart 1-2
3 Trueing the Bodice 1-9
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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 For this lesson, we will transfer the shoulder dart into the waist dart. Before we start, we must make sure that we have made small holes at the dart vanishing points and at the apex point. Use your awl to punch the holes of the dart vanishing points and the apex point.

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