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How to Trim or remove the excess fabric in a dart?
kayco
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Date: 7/10/12 6:52 PM

I've successfully completed my first FBA and I'm astounded at what it did for the fit of my bodice. But what do with all that extra fabric in the dart? When I press it down it reaches the waist seam and I don't like all those extra layers of fabric in the garment. What do I do?

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Date: 7/10/12 8:02 PM

I have serged it off, leaving about a half inch seam allowance.

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Date: 7/10/12 8:15 PM

A lot depends on the type and weight of the fabric you're using - knit or woven - but my technique would be the same for both except for cut-edge finishing.

Trim the 'meat' (all of that extra fabric) of the dart to within 1" of the dart's stitching line, stopping 1" below the tip of the dart. Press the dart open and the uncut tip flat.

If it's a knit fabric (anything that's not a loose sweater knit) it's fine - it won't ravel. For loose sweater knits, I serge the edges as a first choice or use a multiple zig-zag stitch if you don't have a serger as a 2nd choice.

My first choice for a woven fabric would be to use pinking shears to trim the cut edges and maybe run a line of straight stitching close to the pinking if the fabric might ravel too much during wear or laundering. This gives the least amount of bulk. 2nd choice would be serging (faster) if it won't show through to the right side.

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