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Date: 3/13/13 11:56 PM

Because of my low bust, I need to lower the apex of my french dart by about 1 1/2 inches. Any suggestions?

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Date: 3/14/13 0:04 AM

It's really easy.

Match the seam lines up and fold the dart in half. Crease it enough that you can see the center. Mark the new lower point on that line. Using a straight edge line up one end on the original line at the seam and line the other end on the new lowered point. Trace. Do the same thing on the other side.

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Date: 3/14/13 6:17 PM

I would try what SimplyStitches described. If that does not work, put a dot on your muslin where you want your dart seam to end. That is your new End Point. Redraw the dart legs to go from your new End Point to the original side seam points where the dart legs ended.


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Date: 3/14/13 6:52 PM

I have made French darts where I lowered the point exactly as described.

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Date: 3/15/13 9:50 AM

I have also done the following:

Find you new bust point. Trace a box around the old dart, trace the dart too. Lower the box by the distance you need to drop the dart. then I just tape the box with the dart into the new position. I am sure that does not make sense, but the point of making a box is that you keep the dart lined up with the grain of the fabric the way the designer originally intended.
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Date: 3/15/13 10:07 AM

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It's really easy. Match the seam lines up and fold the dart in half. Crease it enough that you can see the center. Mark the new lower point on that line. Using a straight edge line up one end on the original line at the seam and line the other end on the new lowered point. Trace. Do the same thing on the other side.

How cool is this. I never would have thought of that -- I've just bookmarked this page.

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Date: 3/15/13 3:06 PM

Quote: simplystitches
It's really easy.

Match the seam lines up and fold the dart in half. Crease it enough that you can see the center. Mark the new lower point on that line. Using a straight edge line up one end on the original line at the seam and line the other end on the new lowered point. Trace. Do the same thing on the other side.


Can you help this spatially challenged sewist understand? My mind is not connecting these dots.

Which way do you fold the curved french dart in half? I assume it's either parallel or perpendicular to the grain line.
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Date: 3/15/13 3:49 PM

Match up the seam lines and press in the crease/fold of the dart. It will fold past the original point usually. That is the center of the dart. It will intersect the original dart point. Drop that point the amount you need to shorten/lower the dart point. Redraw the seam lines connecting in with the new lower/shorter point.

If it's a cut open dart, like on Silhouette patterns, it's easier to do if you fill in the open space with paper.

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Date: 3/15/13 3:59 PM

Ah HA! I can't wait to go try this with a piece of paper.

Thanks.
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Date: 3/21/13 5:07 PM

What a great explaination. Filling in the dart with paper is a great idea for someone who doesn't understand french darts.

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