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altering a back with darts

shannonmgarvey | Posted in Patterns on

Hi. I need to alter a dress pattern that has two back darts. Here’s the link to the pattern I’m using.


I want to lower the back so it doesn’t come up as high. I’d like to lower it to about the middle of the dart. Any suggestions of how to sew it?



  1. billsgirl | | #1

    Shannon, you could just cut it down to where you want it, that would be the simple and easiest way.  I would angle the straps toward the center a bit since they might want to slide off the shoulders at that length.  You could also put a seam at the waist and pleat out the dart above, just take it from the side so you don't throw off the grain too much at the center back.  Dose that make sense?  Simple is usually the best tho.    Hope this helps.   .........sharon

  2. catzu | | #2

    Look at theads issue#129. You can shorten the dart by reducing the apex to where you want it to be. You also could convert that dart into a seam. You would have a 4 panel back if you did this method.  Another way to ensure that that bodice maintains its shape and stays up is to build the shape inside the garment with boning that is machine stitched into side seam seam allowance (not encased).Then use the appropriate  weight interfacing to fuse all the bodice pieces (seam allowance exclude on intefacing) and build in a bra or support as needed. If you did this you would have to line the bodice to cover your work but it makes a nice simple dress fit and stay put  like the pros with out the look on the outside. Just a thought. Good luck to you.



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    Becky-book | | #3

    So, are you wanting to make it a V back?... remember that the side seams (of the back) must meet the front side seams.  If you cut the back lower than the level of your bra strap you will need to "make provision" for support.

    Consider crossing the straps on your back.


    Edited 2/22/2007 8:05 am ET by Becky-book

  4. fabricholic | | #4

    I hope it is the one with no straps, because it seems to me, they would look strange going over the shoulder blade bones.Marcy

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