Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Threads Project Guides

Fit & Sew Tops

Guide Home

Video: Where to Place Bust Darts

Evamarie Gomez; Shot by: Gary Junken

Pattern designer and star of One Pattern, Many Ways Angela Wolf is back with a second Q&A video. Watch as she explains the importance of bust darts and offers advice on where to best place them.

Bust dart recommendations

The end of the dart that is closest to the bust should be about an inch away from the bust point or apex, Angela advises. Where the other side of the dart ends up is less critical.

For the full-busted figure

However, full-busted individuals may find it helpful to end a bust dart in the armscye. It’s a way to control the needed extra fabric, Angela says.

For the slight-busted figure

For slight-busted people, a dart may not be necessary but can be added. Angela suggests creating what she calls a fake bust dart. This is a slight seam rather than a dart with significant dart intake.

Angela notes that while darts serve the function of shaping and fitting a figure, they can also be used as a design element when sewing a garment.

We alert our audience when videos become available on our site. Don’t miss the announcements by signing up for Threads magazine weekly newsletters or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Check back for more of Angela’s expert tips and advice.

Lingerie and Swimwear: How Much Elastic is Needed?”

NOW PLAYING: Bust Darts: Where and why? 

“Quick Tips for Adjusting Shoulders”

How to Sew with Faux Leather”

“Adjusting the Waistband on Ready-to-Wear Pants”

Previous: Q&A: Where to Place Bust Darts Next: Professor King on Pivoting Darts


  1. Carly_Sue | | #1

    Fitting is the main thing for clothes to fit right. Angela Wolf is so talented and knowledgeable. I am looking forward to her more of her advice.

  2. Ceeayche | | #2

    One inch from center of breast in which direction?

  3. User avater
    AngelaWolf | | #3

    @CHL 1" from the center bust away from the center of the body

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Fit & Sew Tops

Fit & Sew Tops

Sew beautiful tops with tips from the experts

View Project Guide

View All Project Guides »

Become a member and get unlimited site access, including the Fit & Sew Tops Project Guide.

Start Free Trial

Basic Torso Adjustments
Bust Fitting
Sleeves and Shoulders
Construction Secrets: Collars, Yokes, Cuffs, Vents, Plackets
Make It Your Own