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Date: 2/3/14 2:36 PM

I recently purchased this pattern and I would like to remove the gathers from the waist. Would a simple dart here do the trick?

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Date: 2/3/14 2:56 PM

It's not that easy to tell, but are there gathers in the front of the skirt? Is that what you want to turn into a dart? Absolutely, all gathers are, really, is a released dart. You can turn gathers into darts or tucks and vice versa and versa again, I guess.

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Date: 2/3/14 3:15 PM

You may want two darts on each side of the centre front instead of just one, but darts will work. Or see how it looks with one on each side lined up with the princess seam of the top. Baste them and try it on first to make sure they are in the correct place and are the proper length.
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Date: 2/4/14 8:34 AM

I think darts would work. Make sure you line them up directly with the darts in the bodice though.
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Date: 2/4/14 8:38 AM

It seems like you could, but I agree that there might be to much fullness for one dart. You might also use pleats to soothe it out if that's what you're after.

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Date: 2/4/14 3:40 PM

Since there are darts in the back skirt, I would just use the back pattern piece laid over the front pattern piece and trace the darts where the gathers are.

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Date: 2/5/14 6:55 PM

Quote: Tizmehr
I think darts would work. Make sure you line them up directly with the darts in the bodice though.


I second! I did the same principle with Butterick 5917. It has gathers in the bodice (I don't like gathers on me) so I made bust darts and lined them up with the darts in the skirt.

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