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Date: 6/4/13 8:45 AM

Using a sloper I am making a tank top from a woven fabric. I want to do away with the back shoulder dart & don't want to put the dart into a shoulder princess seam. It had been suggested to me that I could rotate it to the hem but I don't know how to do this. Can anyone please tell me how to go about this or refer me to a site that demonstrates this? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Date: 6/4/13 11:45 AM

Depending on the fabric, you can often ease in the seam of the bodice back
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Date: 6/4/13 2:24 PM

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Depending on the fabric, you can often ease in the seam of the bodice back

The dart is 1" wide at the top. This would be way too much fabric to ease into a 2" wide strap. I didn't want a princess seam either as that wouldn't look right for such a narrow strap. Thanks for responding.
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Date: 6/4/13 3:31 PM

If your back neckline is wide/low enough (which sounds like it might be the case for 2" wide shoulder strap), you can probably rotate it into the neckline without it gapping. The Japanese pattern books/magazine usually either do that or rotates half into the armscye and half into the neckline. You can play around with distributing to various areas, like 1/3 armscye, 1/3 neckline and 1/3 shoulder strap, etc.
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Date: 6/5/13 1:38 AM

Yes and if it is low enough you can simple negatie the dart of your sloper
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Date: 6/5/13 7:31 AM

Silhouette patterns have videos to watch on line, ( free)she also sells a DVD called darts are a girls best friend.

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Date: 6/5/13 10:05 PM

That's easy. Draw a line through one leg of the dart diagonally until you get to the point you want to run to the hem. Then draw a line down to the hem. Trace out the side seam on tracing paper. Cut out the dart and cut up from the hem to just to the end of the dart, not through it. Close up the dart and the hem dart will open. Now put the side seam under the pattern lining up the underarm. Redraw the side seam. This eliminates the dart ease at the hem.

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Date: 6/6/13 10:44 AM

Thanks so much. This is the info I was looking for.
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