Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King demonstrates on paper how to pivot a dart. This method can be used to alter patterns that include darts. The technique maintains the dart point location while moving the rest of the dart.
Kenneth starts by determining where to move the dart. He draws a slash line from the outer edge of his paper circle, which could represent a pattern piece, to the dart point. Then, he cuts along the line. When he closes the existing dart, the newly slashed line opens up to create the new dart location.
Try these steps on a bodice pattern when you’re pivoting darts.