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« on: January 12, 2006 10:24:10 PM »

Ok. So I bought an amazing vintage dress from goodwill a few weeks ago. It was only $4, and although it didn't fit perfectly I couldn't pass it up. I really need to sew darts in the back because the fabric gathers above my bum. I've never sewn darts before, and I'm really scared to do it without some knowledge on the subject. Can anyone with some experience give me some tips, hints, or direct me to a thread/tutorial on darts. I would be eternally greatful!

Just to show how much I need this, here are some pictures of my fabulous, but shapeless, dress.

front view:

side view:

back view:

So I hope someone can help me! I love this dress to death and I really don't want to take it to a seamstress! Thanks in advance for any help!!!
« Last Edit: December 31, 2009 02:13:32 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed picture(s) » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2006 06:34:14 AM »

Hi there -- unfortunately I don't make clothing so I'm not exactly the best person to answer -- but I can try to bump up your post a bit so maybe someone else can tell you exactly what to do.

I did happen to run across the tip below online, if it helps you any.
[[Iirc, it's what my mother used to do whenever she had to add darts to purchased clothing.  I was short, bad enough -- but at least I was kinda average 'widthwise.'  Mom was even shorter & also 'tiny.'  Wayyy before petite sizes hit the market, she had to alter some of my purchased clothes but ALL of her own.]] :::

Darts should point to the fullest part of the body area being fitted and end about 1/2 inch from the most rounded part.
Pin-fit darts on the right side of the garment. On the wrong side, mark new stitching lines with tailor's chalk.
Baste the new darts and try on the garment before final stitching.
Press newly stitched darts toward the center of the garment.
This same technique can be used on bustline, shoulder, and elbow darts.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006 07:47:38 AM »

Here's a link with pictures: http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/el_darts.html
Do a search on sewing darts, and look at a few tutorials--pictures help more than words, I think.

Looking at the dress, you might try pinning darts at the back and the front and see if that looks better than just front--it will give a more defined waistline.  Re-sewing the side seams and making them more fitted to your body would help with that too as might bust darts (Are there any?  I can't tell). 

Regardless, that's some stellar fabric!  You'll have to post the fitted version once it's done.   Grin     
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