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I was wondering, why do I need to copy darts from a pattern on to my fabric? For instance, what if I want to make a pair of pants from a pattern and the pattern has darts and I don’t want darts? Could I just close the darts on the pattern and just trace that on to the fabric? Would that work?

Thank you!!

Patti (aka Ann Imallover)


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    Oct 20, 2011, 02.22 PMby mickeygirl

    no. unless your fabric is stretchy it will not work.

    There is a purpose to darts. The waist dart on the back of pants is because the hips are larger than the waist. The darts pull in the waist and make the fabric bag out to fit around the hips.

    If you want to make an elastic waist for pants then you can do that but you do not remove the dart from the pattern.

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      Oct 20, 2011, 09.50 PMby katexxxxxx

      Ah, but you CAN do just that! Or actually, what amounts to that: move it to the side seam and the center back seam…

      Measure the wedge of the dart for length and width. Take half that amount off the CB seam and half off the side seam. True up the lines to a smooth curve.

      You’ll find this works best if you have a fairly flat bum. I can’t get away with it as I have a very hollow back.

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