SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login

Tips & Techniques > Tracing Darts

Viewed 5194 times
Posted by: AnneM
photo
Friend of PR

 
 
About AnneM starstar
MA USA
Member since: 7/30/02
Reviews written: 69
Sewing skills:Intermediate
Favored by: 47 people
tips added: 5
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 3/21/07 5:35 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 18 people   
Featured in the PR book!
I am making a dress with a number of double pointed darts, which means that the darts are in the middle of the piece of fabric. Since I use a rotary cutter, I'm not on a surface that I can stick pins into (which is a fairly easy way to mark the darts: stick pin in, lift up pattern piece & fabric pieces, mark).

AFTER I did all my darts, I had the idea to make a little dart template.

- w/ a piece of tracing paper, trace the dart & cut it out.
- mark the end points of the dart (put pin through - & hold it if you are on a hard surface & it won't stay on it's own; lift up paper & fabric; mark bottom piece; mark top piece)
- remove pattern piece, then place your template so it matches the end points you marked
- trace around the template for a complete dart marking

This is only worth doing for those darts that aren't at the edge of your fabric, or perhaps even the edge ones if they are curved. But if you have a TNT pattern with lots of darts, I think this will make it easier.

<< Previous    Next >>

Merchants on PR

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Gwyn Hug


Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!

Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns


Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques


7 Comments
Login to Add a Comment
Nancywin said...
Great tip Anne. This would definitely save the wear and tear on the pattern. I try to punch or cut hole at the end points so that I can mark them without tearing up the pattern. Making the template will help with that perfect curve. Thanks!
3/21/07 10:04 AM
Donna H said...
This is what makes this site so great...you learn the simple things from others. Great tip Anne...!! AND I rated it!! :)
3/21/07 11:25 AM
Linda G said...
wow wny didn't I think of that!!!1
3/21/07 4:42 PM
Barbara R said...
So simple.... but brilliant! Thanks.
3/22/07 1:40 AM
SimsSews said...
Great idea! Now I'll know how to do it BEFORE I do it. LOL and many thanks.
3/22/07 11:13 AM
ryan's mom said...
Great tip! What a common sense way to do it too :) .
3/22/07 4:01 PM
SewTwin said...
Great tip, sewing tooooo many years, and never thought of this. Especially when you do many darts on a pattern, plus they might all end up the same size!
3/24/07 2:51 AM
 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro

Register

Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets

Register

Sewing Workshop Chopin Blouse Pattern

Sewing Workshop Chopin Blouse Pattern

Buy Now
Christine Jonson Travel Trio One

Christine Jonson Travel Trio One

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.