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post #16 of 19
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(Renault78law @ 25 Oct. 2004, 11:28) I wanted to revive this old thread to ask if anyone knows how to make darts.  Is this something I could to myself, or should I let a tailor handle it?  Does it require a sewing machine?
Yes you would need a sewing machine. I would say only attempt a dart if you are interested in learning how to sew.
i'm definitely interested in learning, the trick will be finding someone to teach me...
post #17 of 19
Bespoke shirts should have darts only as a styling gesture. No good shirtmaker needs them to do a proper fitting. Sewing darts is quite easy. It can be done by hand. It's easier with a machine. You need sew only two straight lines. No cutting is involved and the darts can be removed if not liked. Fold the shirt down the center of the back. At a point 8" down from the yoke, measure out 3" at a 90 degree angle from your fold. Make a mark. Back to the fold and measure down another 5". Measure out and mark at 2.5" and 3.5". Back to the fold. Measure down another 5". Measure out 3". Unfold the shirt. Connect the dots. You'll have a very long 4 sided figure shaped like two ice cream cones placed top to top. Fold the outsides of the fabric together along an imaginary line connecting the top and bottom dots and iron in the resulting fold. Now sew from the top dot to the middle dot to the bottom dot. You've sewed along two sides of a triangle (the two sides which are not the fold). Repeat for the other side of the back. Iron the dart towards the side seam. Where do I send my bill?
post #18 of 19
Mr. Kabbaz, So if I'm reading this right...you're taking 1" on each side, for a total reduction of two inches, right? Would you say this was near the maximum size for darts? So if I wanted to take in more than two inches, should take the shirt in from the side seams? I don't have any shirts with darts, so excuse my ignorace. But doesn't this method leave a piece of folded fabric in the back (on each side) to flap around? I'm sure you would iron it down, in one direction or the other, but just to clarify, there would be a loose fold back there, right? I'm very tempted to give this a shot...please let me know.
post #19 of 19
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So if I'm reading this right...you're taking 1" on each side, for a total reduction of two inches, right?
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Would you say this was near the maximum size for darts?
Quote So if I wanted to take in more than two inches, should take the shirt in from the side seams?[/quote] Quote But doesn't this method leave a piece of folded fabric in the back (on each side) to flap around?[/quote] Yes, it does leave a fold of fabric on the inside. Because of the curve created by the darts, the flap will lay down flat in whichever direction you iron it. Iron toward the side seams and you'll never notice the flap.
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