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altering pattern for ruched center front

mem1 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello all well I  am at it again trying to to do something which i need your help with.I am appealing to those of you who can make patterns. I am trying to incorporate a ruched center front of about 3 inches into the apex of a V necked top which I am making out of a light knit .

I have cut the pattern and am now slashing the pattern to add in about an inch and half into the legs of a dart which will run from the V down to about 3 inches below the neckline Now to do this I decded to slash right out to the stitching line of the arm hole from the center front and then from the cutting line of the arm hole into the the stitching line of the arm hole seam . I leave a tiny bit as a hinge and then open up the center front or legs of the proposed dart. Is this the right way to do it?? and should I do it over a number of slashes??

I am considering gatheing the sewn up dart onto a piece of elastic which is the length of the finshed ruching what do you think??Or maybe I should gathet each side of the dart first and then join them??

I DO appreciate all your ideas have a great day. Marianne


  1. HeartFire | | #1

    you sound like you are on the right track. How much do you plan on extending the dart? How high is the V neck? this will put an amount of extra fabric into the bust area or below it depending on where the top of the V is. this would nicely accomodate a large bust, but it also depends on the weight of the fabric. the lighter knit that you are using should work well on a smaller bust too.

    I would sew the center seam and then gather it either on elastic or backing it with a stay tape. I think the seam would be less bulky than gathering each side first and sewing it together.

    1. mem1 | | #2

      Well I am well endowed so that was one of the reasons i am giving this a go . I think you are right about the gathering .Thanks Judy

    2. SewNancy | | #3

      I had a top like this and it was sewn to a piece of elastic.  where are the darts coming from?  they could be rotated to incorporate into the ruched area.


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