Tutorial How to Draft and Sew Darts

Tutorial How to Mark and Sew Darts

Learn how to draft the darts on the skirt or pants. Here you find tips for beginners how to make the darts step by step.

If you want to sew a skirt or pants you should be able to do the darts. Along the waistline of skirt or trouser you need to make two darts on front and two on back.
Now let's try sewing the darts using test piece of fabric.

Mark the wide and length your darts

At beginning you need to draft darts. Mark direct on the fabric the width and length your darts according the calculations of your garment pattern.
Usual length of front dart for skirt is about 14-15 cm, the width is 3 cm.

Using the baste stitch fasten the dart along marking line

Now you need to fold the fabric inside out along the center line, as shown.
Tip for beginners: Using the baste stitch you need fasten the dart along marking line.

Tutorial How to Mark Darts

Lift up the fabric and make sure that the baste stitch is held exactly on the line.

Now is time to stitch dart

Now is time to stitch the dart along marked line.

Turn a stitch length dial to 3-4

Set stitch length to 3-4 mm and place the fabric under presser foot.

How to mark the length of the dart

Make with chalk or special pencil a mark where the bottom end of dart is.

How to pull out the baste thread

Now you can carefully pull out the baste thread. Try not to pierce the basting seam with the needle of sewing machine during sewing.

The stitch passes along marked line on both sides a dart

Look! My stitch passes exactly along marked line on both sides of a dart.

Tie both ends of the threads

Do not make back stitches on sewing machine. Instead it I recommend just to tie both ends of the threads, as shown. This recommendation applies especially to the thin fabrics.

How to hide the ends of threads

I advise you to use this sewing trick. Do not trim the thread near the knot. Take a needle with a large eye and insert both ends a thread.

How to trim the ends of stitch a dart

Now you can trim the thread with scissors. Using this trick you can hide the ends of threads into fabric.

Press the dart on wrong side

Press the dart on wrong side with steam iron.

The wrong side a dart

This is the wrong side a dart.

The right side a dart

This is the right side a dart.

English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes and help correct them.
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