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Message Board > Vintage Sewing > Side bust darts... Weird or different? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Side bust darts... Weird or different?
Can't tell if they are wrong or not.
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Date: 11/15/11 9:16 AM

I am stitching up a vintage sheath pattern from the 60s that has side bust darts that angle up diagonally from just above the waist. Maybe I am not used to the look, but they seem to point at my bust. Umm, draw attention to that part of my figure...
I am wondering if I am just not accustomed to that "look", or if maybe they are too long, or too high. I didn't make any sizing adjustments to the pattern, as it really fits well every where else. It does fit in the bust, it's just having those "arrows" pointing... Bugs me.
I am planning on keeping the dress, and maybe making a jacket, cardigan, or vest to cover the "accentuated areas", but would really like to know if a tweak to the dart would help.

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Kristine in Michigan

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Date: 11/15/11 9:46 AM

The darts you are referring to are know as French Darts. They are a common detail in 60's and early 70's patterns. I think they look great in solids and subtle patterns but can have the arrow effect especially on high contrast designs. Give the dress a go and see if they grow on you. You are right that our eye is not used to seeing them but I think of that as a vintage detail, not a drawback.
-Michelle

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Date: 11/15/11 4:51 PM

French darts are great for fitting the midriff area and it's really easy to back the dart tip away from the bust if it is too pointy for you. Peggy Sager uses them in many of her patterns they really do give a nice fitted or semi fitted shape to a dress or top.

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