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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 2:44 PM

Hi,
I have a McCalls pattern with two darts on the bodice. I am new to this so had to look up have to make the dart.
OK I found out how but am confused on the final pressing.
The directions say " press darts towards the front."
WHen I was researching how to make a dart not one showed this step of what it looks like to press to the center.
I am not sure if that is the same as pressing to the front.

Most said that after sewing to iron the dart as it was sewn.
OK I get that.

But now I do not know what they want me to do.
Can you guys explain their directions. I am sure it is easier than they are making it but I am dense and do not get what front they are talking about and if I pressed it as I sewed it what I am doing with that material when pressing it.

Thanks for the help.


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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 2:55 PM

It means to press dart toward center front. Usually you slways press to center front and center back unless instructions states otherwise. Good Luck with your sewing.

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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 3:06 PM

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It means to press dart toward center front. Usually you slways press to center front and center back unless instructions states otherwise. Good Luck with your sewing.



What is the DART? The piece of fabric at the back that you made when you sew the to line together?(the triangle not seen)
But what does it mean to PRESS THE DART to the front.
Does that mean open it up on the fold line and iron it flat so there are little wings on the wrong side of the fabric and sewing seam in the center at the front?

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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 4:40 PM

A dart is to make your garment fit. Look at you pattern and see the dart markings. It will show you where to sew. Usaully you with a point and sew wide going back to a point. On pants it starts in waist and goes to point. Study your pattern piece and this should help. Get a finished garment and look at the darts. This should help. Hope this has helped.

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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 4:49 PM

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What is the DART? The piece of fabric at the back that you made when you sew the to line together?(the triangle not seen)

But what does it mean to PRESS THE DART to the front.

Does that mean open it up on the fold line and iron it flat so there are little wings on the wrong side of the fabric and sewing seam in the center at the front?




No, it means to press the whole thing one direction. For bust darts you press the dart down towards the bottom hem. For waist darts you press them in towards the middle of the garment (center front or center back).

After you've pressed the dart, you should see the seam line and then a triangle of fabric on one side. That triangle of fabric is your dart (if this is a bust dart).

If it's a waist dart then you'll see a triangle or a diamond shape.

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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 5:38 PM

Once you have sewn the dart, lay your sewn work on the ironing board, with the inside facing up. ie - the little sewn triangles are on the side you can see. Then with your iron, press the little triangles down flat - from the sewing line, the whole triangle folds in either one direction or the other. In your case, the pattern says to fold that triangle down flat so the triangle is towards the centre of the garment, not towards the side seam.

Just found this picture:
Iron darts towards centre.
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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 5:44 PM

A web page with drawings (I love drawings, illustrations and photos):
Denver Fabrics tips -- What are Darts?

The information isn't any different than the replies to your original question, but you might find the illustrations helpful.

CMC

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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 6:14 PM

Thanks,
I do not know why they do not just say fold flap/dart/triangle to the center and iron flat.
Funny how everyone has their own jargon. They forget that what experienced people think is simple, since they were taught over time, beginners can get confused.
For patterns, they know many are not pros should make illustrations and directions clear and should have them reviewed by people like me who do not know as much.

The photo and suggestions were helpful.
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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 6:24 PM

BTW if you look at the Denver fabric link. I found that same link used on many sites and note how they are not really clear on the last step in picture form. The last image with a dotted line and a straight line still looks like a triangle the shape of the dart so I was not clear what all that jibberish was trying to say. They have to be careful with words like FOLD DOWN. They should say something like Fold flap/dart towards the bottom of garment. PRESS TO FRONT also makes no sense. In my case this the the FRONT of the Bodice so what front are the talking about.
Press to the Center makes more sense but then, if the you have to think if the center of the piece you are working on or the LEFT or RIGHT side of the piece that WILL be the center when finished.

As I say, you guys might think this is over thinking it but I say they are very poor at creating their product. Even Simplicty does not give enough detail in their instruction. They should have photo explainations on the web.

Anyway. thanks again for helping me with this.
I probably wasted a day thinking about this and really all I should have been told was fold the triangle to the center and press.

BTW what is PRES TO BACK. if I ever see it. If you guys have taught me anything, I am guessing it means not to press backwards but to press towards the direction of where the back seam will be. Right? I do not think I hve that instruction but just want to be prepared if I do.


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Subject: pressing a dart what doe the terms meand Date: 3/15/09 6:56 PM

mstar, donot get discouraged, everyone has had to learn to sew in the beginning. I think sometimes we might forget how hard some things were.

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