Double darts or diamond shaped darts are often found through the waist at the front and back of dress patterns. They give a nice shape to dresses and are easy to sew with my step by step instructions on how to sew darts.
HOW TO SEW DARTS – step by step
Transfer the dart marked on your pattern piece onto the wrong side of the fabric. (Learn how to transfer markings)
Mark along the middle of the dart with your tailor’s chalk. Once you gain confidence, you will be able to skip to the next step without marking the center.
Fold the dart in half along your marked middle line and pin in place. Use vertical pins to hold the fabric securely in place. Place a pin at both the points of the dart so you have an easy reference when you start sewing.
Start stitching just before the middle of the dart and sew towards the first point using a medium stitch length. (2.5-3.0) Remove the pins as you stitch. Change to a stitch length of 1.0-1.5 for the last 1 inch (2.5cm). When you get to the end of the point, don’t back stitch. Just leave a long tail of threads and knot them off being careful not to pull too tight and cause puckering.
Start again at the middle and repeat for the other side.
You may need to cut through the middle of the dart so it doesn’t pull. Your pattern would normally specify this.
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