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Posted on: 10/23/05 1:40 PM
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I was having trouble sewing a dart which had one straight and one curved leg. I found it tedious to do if I folded the dart before basting it (particularly since the curved leg was longer than the straight one). It finally dawned on me that an easier way to get the dart legs to meet was to baste loosely keeping the bars between the stitches parallel and keeping the fabric flat. When I reached the end of the dart I pulled the basting stitches taut and closed it. (If this is hard to visualize, I will see if I can get DH to take a photo.)

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Amy T said... (10/31/05 1:07 PM) Reply
Brine, I would love it if you could take a picture of this--I can't quite picture it. (And I have those curved dart legs in my KK trouser draft, so I could really use this tip!)
SewVeryTall said... (10/25/05 4:46 AM) Reply
Thanks for the reply, Brine...very interesting. I bet it would help to machine sew it with the curved side next to the feed dogs too.
Brine said... (10/24/05 11:25 AM) Reply
SewVeryTall, I found this dart on a Burda WOF pattern; it is a waist dart. Also, Kenneth King's moulage instructions suggest that when you draft the lower part of the dart (the part below the waist) the leg of dart closer to the center should be drafted straight, but the leg closer to the hip curve should be drafted curved slightly inward to give a better fit.
SewVeryTall said... (10/24/05 3:11 AM) Reply
Wow, what pattern and type of garment has a dart like this? I've never seen such a thing.
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