Fine-tune the Shape with Darts | VideoDarts are a powerful asset that will allow you to create the exact shape you want in a garment.
Using darts to fine-tune the shape and fit of a garment starts with understanding the anatomy of a dart and how it works. Former Threads editors Judith Neukam and Stephani L. Miller explain both. Then they demonstrate how to theoretically lengthen, shorten, rotate, and move darts to improve a garment’s shape and fit around your body’s unique curves, whether at the bust, hips, derriere, or shoulders.
This video is part of Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 5. The series provides you with what you need to know before cutting your fabric. Good planning is fundamental and that’s what you’ll learn to do. Follow along as former Threads editors walk you through lessons on how to take and chart your measurements, find the right pattern size, check the pattern against your body before you start, and establish your preferred fit. These lessons are designed to turn beginners into discriminating sewers.
This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.
Teach Yourself to Sew
Judith got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.
She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.
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