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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > treating darts in sheer fabric ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 1/23/12 7:55 AM

I'm planning a special occasion dress in a sheer fabric (worn over a separate silk slip dress). I really like the look of the sheer overdress being separate from the slip, but I'm not so crazy about being able to see the fabric from the dart through the sheer fabric (the bodice of the dress is shaped with the help of long darts at the waist). I'm using French seams on the sheer fabric, but am at a loss for what I could do to avoid seeing the triangular dart fabric on the exterior of the dress.

I'm wondering if I could cut the excess fabric and make a French seam there (is that even possible?), or if I should just sew the two bodices (dress and slip) as one in order to avoid the problem all together (losing the look of two separate pieces that I was hoping for).

Any ideas and/or expert advice would be more than welcome!

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Date: 1/23/12 8:21 AM

Use a skin-toned lightweight fabric and use it to cover the dart fabric. All I can think of to explain this any better is that you'll be doing a sort of Hong Kong finish to the dart so that the skin-toned fabric is against the sheer fabric. That will hide the dart fabric.

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Date: 1/23/12 1:44 PM

Go just a bit further than 1/3 of the way down on this page, to "Darts," where two ways to attack the problem.

Here's a photo tutorial of the same thing.

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Date: 1/23/12 4:05 PM

This is exactly what I had hoped was possible. Thank you for these links!

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Date: 1/23/12 4:32 PM

Elona, hope you don't mind me inserting this

Future search term: dartthread

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Thanks for the great information.
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Date: 1/23/12 4:50 PM

You can make the straight dart lines and the straight seams all 'disappear' if you follow Tizmehr's suggestion of hongkong finishing the edges, using fabric the same colour as your slip. You want to keep the hong kong finishing fabric as lightweight as you can so you don't bulk up the seam.

Do a trial run on a decent size scrap piece first.

(eta to add bit about trial run)

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