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adding a dart to a skirt waistline

blingy | Posted in General Discussion on

I have posted pictures of my problem skirt in the photo section.  I am beginning to really hate this skirt, but I think I have found a way to add fabric to the belly area without the waist being so big it slips off.  This skirt has 2 darts, one on either side of the center.  It helped to shorten this dart but I still needed more room in this area so I added a second pair of darts.  Now the front will have 2 darts, about 1.25″ apart from each other on each side. What I need to know is should both darts be the same length, if not, which dart should be the longer?  This fit is really nice now with the 4 dart front but I want to avoid that home made look.  Is there some sort of rule about darts and the position to each other and their lengths?  Thanks!



  1. user-51823 | | #1

    i've seen many skirts with 2 sets of front darts, some longer in the middle, some longer on the outside. darts allow for a better fit around a curved surface, so i would say as long as you find the way it looks best on your figure, that would be the right way.
    My guess from your photos would be that you'll get a better fit with the shorter darts on the inside (towards middle.)
    are you pinning it in place while wearing it?

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      blingy | | #2

      I used the original dart, which is the one closest to the center front.  I added the other one about 1.25 " toward the side.  They look ok to me so I guess as long as I have the fullness where I need it any dart is fine. 

      1. jjgg | | #3

        As MSM said, it doesn't matter which dart is longer as long as the fit is good.

  2. DONNAKAYE | | #4

    Generally, the darts are spaced evenly between center front and side seam, but you must adjust their location for release of the ease in the specific areas required by your body type.  And, generally, the dart closest to center front is longer than the one closest to the side seam.  This gives the illusion of narrower hips, as the longer dart toward the side seam tends to point to the hipline.  Tiny tucks taken instead of darts can lengthen the figure.  Generally, the fold of the pleat or tuck should face center front.  Darts are preferred on the back of the skirt rather than tucks.

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