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« on: June 17, 2007 11:59:56 AM »

ok so everytime i make a dart, it doesn't lie flat
it makes a little pouchy thing instead
i make teh dart slightly curved, sew right off the edge, iron flat and still end up looking like i'm wearing parachute pants or whatever
WHY!?!?!?

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007 01:12:10 PM »

here's a tutorial...http://www.ehow.com/how_11303_sew-darts-clothing.html

just check your steps...it may be the ironing that needs some work.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2007 01:25:41 PM »

Okay, so the trick that I was taught was to tie the two end threads (where you sew right off the edge) in a tight knot.  Then press well and it usually makes a nice crisp point for me.  Hope that helps!
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2007 01:39:55 PM »

ooo ok i didn't do the knot thing
i'll try that
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2007 03:08:47 PM »

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I've had a really hard time with darts, too.
For me, the two things I have to watch are the "angle of attack" and the last couple of stitches.

you want the angle towards the end to come in very slowly (in most cases), and when you get to the end of the dart, run a few stitches as close as you can get to the edge, like one or two threads over from the fold before you sew off the edge of the fabric.

Hope this helps!
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2007 03:25:41 PM »

also, it looks like your darts might not be long enough.  i don't know if you're working from a store-bought pattern or making your own, but you might need to adjust the pattern to fit you a little more. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007 02:49:40 PM »

A couple of stitches right along the fold helps to avoid the bubble, as previously described.

But you do know darts aren't supposed to lie straight, right? A dart is supposed to make a 3-D sort of area.

Ironing them to crispness can be a challenge, too. A sleeve board sometimes help, or a pillow or something stuffed into the area so it can curve around.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007 03:26:25 PM »

Also, are you starting at the end of the fabric or the point of the dart? 

I had always read to start at the edge of the fabric and sew off the point off the dart, so that's what I did.

And my darts looked like crap.

My mom talked me into trying it starting from the point.  My darts have never looked better.

Which is not to say the same will be so for you, but whichever way you're starting, it might be worth a try to try it from the other end.

(Oh, and tying the ends instead of back stitching really helped, too!)
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007 05:30:25 PM »

Okay, I'm normally okay at darts, but since this thread was started...what am I doing wrong on a bust dart if it makes me look like I'm wearing a cone bra?  Is the sizing wrong?
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2007 07:46:08 PM »

Okay, I'm normally okay at darts, but since this thread was started...what am I doing wrong on a bust dart if it makes me look like I'm wearing a cone bra?  Is the sizing wrong?

your dart is coming too close to the apex of your breast.  the point of the shoulder dart should be at least an inch away from your apex (basically your nipple line).    as well if you have a dart below your bust it should be approximately two inches below your apex. 

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