Why have just one when you can have two?
Since I am going to do the unthinkable (put darts into a knit pattern), why not go whole hog? I am nothing if not an all or nothing kind of gal. Just ask Cayce, my best friend.
So, on Lauriana’s recommendation, I am going to divide my 3- inch darts which are still too large for a dart into two 1.5 inch darts about 1 inch apart on each skirt pattern piece. That makes a total of 8 darts to sew. Phew! I’m getting tired just writing about it. Gathering is starting to sound slightly more palatable now. 😉
The original 3-inch dart is the dark blue dart. The altered darts are the turquoise lines. I should note that Lauriana mentioned that the wider the dart, the longer the legs necessary for the dart, and that my 3-inch dart if I were to go ahead with such a large dart would require much more length. So for the 1.5 inch darts, I kept the original length of the pleat marking. We’ll see how it works out. The border print knit I am using after I muslin these changes is a very stable knit and will most likely tolerate darts very well.
And no, I have not cut into my fabric yet. I must have “known” that I would change the alterations again, because I have
procrastinated waited to cut out my dress until I worked out the final alterations I wanted to make. The clincher for me was seeing Mary Nanna’s triple bust dart action on her latest creation. And I must admit that Jeanette’s dress with its multiple waist, bust and elbow darts which she wore to the PR Weekend dinner has had a huge influence on me too.
Interesting sidenote: As I continue on my sewing learning curve, I realize more and more how much I don’t know. It’s kind of paradoxical. Now that I am figuring out what my fit issues are (hello FBA, I’m looking at you!!!), my pattern alteration skills really need some work. I think I may need to call my teacher Thea up again for some classes. Or maybe, now here’s a good idea, I could open up some of the sewing reference books I’ve collected. I’m ashamed to admit I’m just not a sewing reference book learner kind of person. I like to see things demonstrated, but I have all the information at my fingertips. I just need to look at it.
What kind of method do you like to learn from? Are you a just-wing-it-and-see-if-it-turns-out kind of seamstress? Do you read reference books on tailoring and alterations? Or do you pester your sewing friends on Facebook (um, that would be me) or email them at all hours of the night? Do you take classes with acknowledged experts? Are you a visual, tactile, or a book learner?