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rotate a dart?

suesew | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

I know how to rotate a dart and for the life of me the three step description on page 65 just makes no sense at all. It is referred to in the “add a princess seam” description on the same page. Am I missing something?

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  1. Josefly | | #1

    I agree that the description of this technique falls far short of adequate. Where was the explanation of reasons for rotating darts? Where was the picture of the bottom hemline after truing? Once one has removed a dart from one place, where is the fullness moved to, and how? I actually turned the page, looking for a continuation of the article and the steps listed in the insert box, but no, there was no more.

    1. PowellPat | | #2

      Well stated. I, too, thought the article left a lot unsaid and was left scratching my head! If Threads is trying to include more beginners in their audience they had better be more thorough in their descriptions. 

      1. Elisabeth | | #3

        I suppose it is for the silk jacket on the next page. The blue one with the curved contrast insets. That looks like it has the bust dart released in the wide hem. A note on the connection would have been nice.

        1. Josefly | | #4

          Hmmm. May be. Yes, the tie-in to that jacket could have been spelled out more effectively. I actually didn't connect this part of the "Cut Up Patterns" article to the preceding part; it looks so different. Thanks for the connection. I can now see why one would want to rotate a dart the way this one was done - it would be necessary for that jacket, both for the flaring shape, and so that the dart wouldn't interfere with the other curvy lines in the jacket.BUT, on closer re-examination, the "How to rotate a dart" box, is referred to in the "Add a princess seam" box on the same page, with the suggestion that the how-to will describe rotating the dart into the princess seams, which it does not do. Both armscye and shoulder princess seams are drawn. Maybe the author figured it would be more helpful if the how-to were not specific to princess seams. But I would've liked to see how that is done. It is clear that the dart is being "closed" and that fullness is added to the bottom of the pattern, but I guess I haven't the experience to translate that to princess seams, or say, a vertical waist dart, or a shoulder dart, etc. So I can't visualize that technique from the drawings. Ah, well. Some of us have been upset that some recent articles are too simple - a more explicit and thorough description of this technique might've been considered unnecessary.I should say that I've enjoyed this issue 129. I've seen several things that've sparked my imagination, and some articles I want to go back and read again, more carefully. It justified my anticipation.Edited 1/8/2007 5:48 pm ET by Josefly

          Edited 1/8/2007 5:55 pm ET by Josefly

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