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How to Create a Balanced Dart

  Start sewing about 1-in. inside one of the points. Stitch through the point and off onto the bias strip beneath.


  Stitch the remaining section of the dart, by overlapping your stitching, continue to sew to the remaining point and off onto the fabric beneath.

At the ironing board, fold the fabric in half and press away from the dart.


  Cut away the bulk of the strip up to about 1/8-in. to 1/4-in. away from the fold along the entire length of the fold.

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Comments (9)

Madame_Mooshi Madame_Mooshi writes: Hello all.

I have just found this post and have to say it does appear a little confusing but if you think of it as a seam application then it might be a little clearer to work through. I wonder if the authors would recommend cutting (grading back) the inner most layer of the dart allowance to reduce bulk? This might mean cutting the fold line of the dart though which could weaken it if it's on a straight grain? If this dart was "coutured", the edges could always be catch stitched in place, provided there is sufficient seam allowance. I wouldn't trim a dart if it is narrow.
Posted: 10:43 pm on January 3rd

LOUISE CUTTING LOUISE CUTTING writes: Thank you Judy for adding the step-outs for the balanced dart. As Katielynne sugested, making a sample will help you see exactly what is being sewn, pressed, and trimmed.

Louise Cutting
Posted: 3:40 pm on December 3rd

stitchhappy stitchhappy writes: I've added a different explanation right under the original post. I used vellum and paper because you can see through the vellum. I think that was why the original photos were confusing. See if this makes more sense.
Posted: 5:14 pm on November 30th

Katielynne Katielynne writes: Oops! Pardon my misspelling of your name Louise!
Posted: 4:33 am on November 29th

Katielynne Katielynne writes: Seems clear enough to me. Although I think it must be stressed to take care to always use a pressing cloth and/or press the wrong side only on a garment such as help delay the wear and show-through that is bound to happen over time no matter what you do. Even so, this is a definite improvement over an unbalanced dart to help prolong the inevitable outline that will eventually reveal itself. Thanks for the creative option Lousie!

P.s., maybe folks should try this method on scrap material and play around with it a bit. I think once you get into the process, it will become clear as to what needs to happen.
Posted: 4:31 am on November 29th

Alexandra Alexandra writes: huh? what? don't understand.
Posted: 10:30 am on November 28th

JanAunty JanAunty writes: I have to agree with the previous two posters about the balanced dart information. It seems incomplete and is quite confusing. Would you be able to break the steps down a bit farther and/or give more instruction? Thank you.
Posted: 11:42 am on November 27th

user-2299872 user-2299872 writes: Please put this in video. I've read it through a number of times and am having trouble following it. I seem to get lost at the same point MaryGwyneth did. Thanks.
Posted: 8:49 am on November 27th

MaryGwyneth MaryGwyneth writes: I see the value in using the bias and I followed you up to the last couple pictures then got lost. I'm trying to see how you pressed this. Does it work because it essentially grades the seam from four layers to one? If so, how do you handle a deeper dart which still has four layers for up to 1"?
Posted: 9:01 pm on November 20th

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