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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2009 05:06:06 AM »

Guuurl I feel your pain, though my catch up isn't darts (this time) I have totally chomped up a nearly finished dress with my serger knife that rendered it complete "scrap" material. I'm so bummed I havent been back in my sewing room for nearly 3 weeks now.

I don't even know what to suggest since you have already shortened the darn thing by 2 inches already, could it just be maybe the ironing?

  She did not teach me, but I was surrounded by some impressive old sergers and overlocks as well as an array of gorgeous textiles.  I can't stop analyzing stitches on people's clothing and I love touching fabric.  I must look like a total pervert.

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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2009 02:55:14 PM »

I saw your post and thought, "I read the perfect tutorial for this somewhere.... Google-time!"


There's a great tutorial on bust darts and burdastyle.com that should help you out a lot for future projects. Happy sewing!
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2009 07:41:59 AM »

jagough - that is an excellent tutorial and a great idea!  I am still too mad at my scrub top and I've started a different scrub pattern hoping to boost my confidence in my sewing skills before re-re-ripping out my seams. 

Accept the things I cannot change (in this case, a crummy pattern writer), the courage to change the things I can (hemlines, seams, dart angles)....
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2009 07:13:39 PM »

One of my sewing teachers taught me this to the point where it's the only way I make darts.

Start from the outside seam and work towards the point at a regular stitch length.  (I usually mark the dart with chalk so I know what I should be following.)  About 1/2" before you get to the point, make sure you're riding right next to the fold already.  Shorten your stitch length to about 1-1.5 (depending on the machine).  Sew the last 1/2" right next to the fold.  Sew off the point for a little bit, maybe an extra 2-5 stitches, which will lock in your threads enough so that you don't have to tie off.  (Personally, I get a little paranoid and still sometimes tie off my darts)

Using a ham or some kind of curved form (ie, towel rolled up to kind of mimic a boob), steam iron the dart before you open it up.  This "melds" the stitches in.  Then open up your dart the way you're supposed to iron it (for a side seam bust dart, excess dart fabric should point down).  Then steam iron it again on the wrong side and then the right side.  When you steam it on the right side, make sure your dart isn't forming a pucker at the point.

If this doesn't solve your problem, it might be something else.  How much intake is your dart eating?  It may be too much and your dart might be too big.  If you need that big dart, maybe you could just cut the dart excess to make it like a seam that you can fly open in the inside.
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2009 09:31:04 PM »

Thank you for the technique tips, myrLegacy.  They always help lots.
And actually this is provident, I was looking for this thread yesterday because suddenly the other night I thought of something in connection with the OP in this thread (seriously, I have no idea why these things come to my mind at five am while I could still be sleeping).
So, the question is:  Did you cut both front pieces in the same direction on the fabric?
It may look obvious to some people, but if I am short of fabric myself I try to find the most economical way of positioning the pattern pieces, which then involves examining the fabric very carefully to check that it is ok to put something upside down or sideways.  Depending on the fabric, that only may make a difference, sometimes enormous.  You know some woven fabric stretches a little both ways, some doesn't and some stretches one way only, and that is important to bear in mind when cutting the pieces.

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