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« on: August 18, 2009 05:52:04 PM »

So I'm trying to drape a dress that has a boat neck with a french dart for shaping.

My first try came out quite poorly...I'm thinking I did it wrong.  I just tried to make it work with one piece of fabric, but I'm wondering if I made a bodice + darted that then made a skirt and kind of psuedo attached them (so that there isnt a seam at the waist) if that would work?  Part f my issue is my form I think, I don't have a professional form and so theres kind of a big chest which creates this shelf underneath the chest...It's actually more like a normal body than most dress forms, but I dunno.

So am I missing something? is there a way to french dart a dress while its one piece?

« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009 02:10:08 AM »

Not using a form is definitely not the problem.  Not many people have one.  French darts can be tricky because of the way they go.  Have a look at this tutorial and see if you can apply any of the tips to improve your results:


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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009 07:20:14 AM »

err, I do have a form, its just not a professional seamstress form (you know, the kind with the really small bust)  Mine has a big chest, so its really odd when I try to drape it.  I don't know if I should pin it right under the bust, or if I should pull it down to the hips (and then create like a little tent? Not really a tent, but some sort of wedge shape hole that is formed from the apex of the bust when its pulled down to the hips.  I just cant figure out what its really supposed to look like.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009 10:48:55 PM »

Don't pull it down to the hips. Smooth it to the side between the armhole and the waist.
Put a strip of muslin across the bust and around crossing over the apex. Then, drape half of the garment, the muslin keeps it from collapsing between the boobs. Pin your muslin at the center front neck and waist, smooth around the neck and clip, then pin the shoulders. Smooth across the bust and cut out the armhole, then smooth down to where your dart will be and place a pin. Smooth the waist over and fold up the dart, clipping where necessary. It is easier to physically show than type.
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