Cherry Blossom Dress Sewalong Stage 4: Sewing the Darts in the Bodice
This step’s a nice quick one!
Today we’re going to be adding darts to the bodice. There are 4 darts in total, 2 at the sides and 2 at the bottom.
If you haven’t sewn darts before, a dart is a small, triangular shaped tuck usually found in tops, bodices and the tops of skirts.
Their purpose is to give the garment some shape. It enables you to turn a flat piece of fabric into a 3D thing that also allows for curves and that fact that women’s bodies are not cuboid.
Before You Start
You’ll need your bodice front and the pattern piece, and:
A ruler or a tape measure
A pencil or a fabric pen, or tailors’ chalk
Iron and ironing board
Pinning the Darts
To mark the point of the dart, pin the pattern piece to the fabric. Make a hole in the pattern with a pin, wiggle it about a bit to make the hole bigger, then rub tailors’ chalk or a pencil over the hole to leave a mark on the fabric.
Mark the open end of the dart (often referred to as the dart legs), with chalk or pins.
Join the legs to the point, with chalk again or a pencil.
Sewing the Darts
Starting at the open end of the dart, sew along the legs.
Press the side darts downwards, and the waist darts outwards towards the sides.