For beginners, sewing darts tends to seem like a complicated step. I know that I was confused about getting a straight line and ending right at the point. Double pointed darts seemed even more confusing. After some time spent practicing, I was able to master the art of the dart. I’m sure that if darts are troubling you, these tips will help you! If you’ve been sewing darts for awhile, please share any helpful tips in the comments or in the forum. We always enjoy learning from you!
Straight darts have only one point with dart legs along the edge of the pattern. They’re probably the most common kind of dart in home sewing. Chances are good that you’ve had to sew a few bust or waist darts.
1. To sew a straight dart, make sure the point of the dart is marked on the fabric and the ends of the dart are clipped along the edge. With tailor’s chalk, fabric marker or pencil, draw the dart.
2. Fold the dart, matching up the lines as best as you can. Lightly pin in place. Eventually you may not need to pin unless you’re using a particularly difficult fabric.
3. Slowly sew along the marked line. After sewing off the fabric, leave a long thread tail. Knot the tail close to the edge. This keeps the thread from coming undone. Take care not to pull the knot tight against the fabric as it will cause puckering just as backstitching at the end will.
Curved darts are often used around the bust as they can be very flattering. All curved darts with legs along the seam allowance are sewn the same way as a single point dart. They’re just curved which means you may need to sew a little bit slower.
1. Here the seam allowance is drawn along the curved dart to make sewing a bit easier.
2. Carefully pin the dart.
3. Slowly sew the dart. Knot the thread tails at the end.
Double Point Dart
Double point darts tend to be found on dresses with simple lines.
1. Place tracing paper beneath the pattern. Trace the dart with a tracing wheel. Or mark the sides and points of the dart, matching them up by drawing lines with a ruler and fabric pencil. Your dart should look similar to this.
2. Fold the dart, matching up the lines. This will take some time to do, especially if it’s a long dart. Pin as you go.
3. Start sewing in the middle of the dart. If your dart doesn’t have little points on the side like this simply start sewing at the widest part. Sew to the end of the dart and tie off the threads.
4. Repeat the last step for the second leg of the dart. For some darts, you’ll need to clip the center, at the widest part, in order to relieve fabric stress.