Taking the Darts Apart: Principles

Let's talk about darts today!

So I'm gonna try to make this quick and interesting because no one likes to read a textbook right?

3 parts of a dart


Dart Legs

Legs- The dart legs are the part of the dart that ends up being sewn upon to give the dart it's shape. Anythime you see a dart, you're usually seeing the legs since they're the longest and most visible part of the dart.


dart tip

Point/Tip- The point is the part of the dart that gives the dart legs their direction. You'll see the point usually at or near an apex of some kind, like the bust, mid back, upper back, abdomen, or hips. And as a dart manipulation principle, once you have the apexes in the right spots and the initial dart intake figured out, you should be able to safely pivot the dart intake around the dart points without disturbing the fit.


Drill Hole

Drill Hole- This is an extra one I threw in here just to give you a little more understanding. A drill hole is a point made about a half an inch from the actual dart point (and circled) for manufacturing purposes. When a pattern piece is cut out and there is a drill that makes a small hole down through all of the layers of fabric. Even though a hole could be made in the actual dart point, you would be able to see it from the outside of the garment after it's sewn. So therefore they create a drill hole separate from the dart point so that the sewer knows that the dart point is actually about a half an inch beyond the visible drill hole (the actual dart point marking doesn't get transferred onto the finished garment.)


Dart Intake

Dart Intake- This is the area that is "removed" or sewn up inside the dart. The spread of the this area gives the dart its angle and fullness.

Got it?

So tomorrow I'm gonna tell you a little story about how I came to understand why we do something odd with one particular dart and not others.

Until then,

Chris White