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« on: August 09, 2008 08:23:32 AM »

I know I can replace darts with princess seams or gathers, but I can't do that in shorts. How can I go from my sloper, which has darts all over the place, to the average pair of shorts? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2008 11:18:19 AM »

What do you mean "darts all over the place"? And what kind of shorts are you looking for? Most shorts/pants have darts.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2008 03:21:29 PM »

Well, my pants sloper, for example, is straight from a pattern making book. It has two darts on each leg in the front, one on each leg in the back. I'm just making pretty standard cotton shorts. There's a 2 inch waistband, cuffs on the bottom, side seam pockets. All the shorts I own from retail stores - khaki, jersey, and denim - don't have darts. I can't figure out how to get something to fit the way those do without using darts.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008 05:19:44 PM »

Are the waistbands on your storebought shorts lower than you pattern? It is normal for them to have darts in the back, but once you lower the waistband you might find that the darts are eliminated or you can ease them in.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2008 07:51:30 PM »

Hmmm. Yeah, that might be the problem. Thanks for your idea!
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2008 06:13:20 PM »

It's also likely that your shop-bought pants have replaced the darts with yokes... like on the back of a pair of jeans. Yokes are easy to construct from regular patterns, you just have to make sure that you factor in seam allowances, and transfer grainline markings.

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