How to make a Wedge Dart

This is the most commonly used dart.
  1. Begin sewing at the wider end and back stitch.
  2. Stitch to a smooth point.
  3. Tie off the end for a smooth flat finish. Back stitching will cause a ridged point.
  4. On the wrong side, press the dart flat to set the stitches, then press to one side, pushing the point over with the toe of the iron. On the right side press the seam line only. Use the toe of the iron to press the tip of the dart to avoid pleating.
  5. For heavy fabrics, lightweight and sheer fabrics , cut away excess from the dart leaving approximately a 1cm seam allowance.
  6. For thick fabric, after stitching cut the dart seam open on the wider part and press open. Press the uncut part of the dart flat by insertng the blade of a tiny scissor to open the seam and press on the scissors. Take care not to burn yourself. (see diamond shape dart for demonstration)
  7. Only press the seam line to avoid overpressing the area around the dart.
  8. Do not overpress and cause an impression on the right side of the garment or ‘scorch’ or ‘kill’ the fibres.
Press all stages of construction for a smooth, professional finish.

Producing/Demonstrating: Claudette Davis-Bonnick  
Filming: Nick Sargent  
Editing: Nick Sargent  
Stills: Nick Sargent, Junior Bonnick  
Thanks to: Oliver Furlong, Media Services, CLIP CETL "Making a Difference" funding at the London College of Fashion

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