A dart that is sewn in heavy or dimensional fabric and pressed to one side can be unattractive and bulky, because you'll have three layers of fabric. This may not cause a problem with your new garment, but the layers will start to shadow through on the right side after several washings, dry cleanings, or pressings.
There's no need to cut the dart open to achieve a flat, even effect on both sides of the dart stitching line. Instead, a balanced dart adds extra fabric to the opposite side of the dart seamline to act as a visual counterbalance.
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