Posted 2012-08-17 11:59 AM (#83093 - in reply to #83092) Subject: RE: Draped neck sheath
Location: Portland OR
Darts add shaping to a garment. They can be sewn where they draft on the pattern or the length and width measurements of the dart can be transferred to the side seam and 'sewn out' so shaping still occurs. It causes the garment to curve in at the waistline.
That may not be entirely clear - perhaps someone else can explain it better.
Posted 2012-08-23 11:08 PM (#83137 - in reply to #83094) Subject: Re: Draped neck sheath
Location: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada
"sewing the darts out" here would mean that you measure the amount of dart intake and draw it along the side seam . Towards the inside of the garment. Then the new cutting line would be the line you just drew.
I *think* that it would depend on your body shape. If you have a big waist difference as you look in the mirror , along your side seams, you could take in at the side seams. But if your tummy is flat, darts in the centre of your body would work. My teacher used to say, "You put the darts or shaping where you need them". If the fabric is a knit, darts are hard to sew.