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Add a Bust Dart to a Sewing Pattern

Adjust the front bodice pattern so your garment fits, whatever your bust size.

May 22, 2012

In this video, Louise Cutting shows how to alter a dartless pattern for a blouse to include a side bust dart. This adaptation is important for a smooth, flattering fit on any figure with a bust-cup size of B or larger. It eliminates gaping or strain lines at the center front and keeps the front hemline from rising and flaring out. Louise demonstrates how to take the necessary body measurements and transfer them to the original dart-less pattern. By cutting and spreading the pattern horizontally and vertically, she adds the width and length needed to accommodate the bust fullness.

Related Links:

How to Sew a Dart

How to Remove a Bust Dart – Insider member only

Bust Dart Pressing: Cup Size is a Factor in Which Technique You Choose

How to Drape Bust Darts – Insider member only



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About This Video Series

Sewing maven Louise Cutting takes you behind the scenes, sharing her insider knowledge of the best tools, couture tips, and techniques for adapting patterns, placing buttonholes, adjusting darts and necklines, and more. Every video in this 12-part series demonstrates solutions to typical problems and techniques essential for creating designer-quality garments.

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  1. kaychan July 16th

    I am a G cup, so wondering if we continue up in increments until we get to the correct size, or are we limited to increase?

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