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Adding Gathers To a Pattern


At a glance

Video Duration: 14 minutes

Techniques You’ll Learn:

  • How to modify your pattern using the pivot method
  • How to transform a standard bust dart into a gathered side panel
  • How to add fullness using the slash and spread method

You’ll love this video if:

  • You want to know how to add gathers anywhere on a garment
  • You want to replace a dart with gathers
  • You want to learn a versatile way to customize your patterns


In this video, sewing instructor Meg Healy will show you how to add gathers to a pattern in a few simple steps.This is a great drafting technique to know for modifying all kinds of patterns! Meg Healy will demonstrate how to calculate the amount of gathering to add, how to slash and spread your pattern, as well as how to convert darts into gathers.

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About the Expert:

Meg HealyMeg Healy began to sew at the age of 12, where she began experimenting with fabric and seams on her Brother little domestic sewing machine. Studying at both Fanshawe College and Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, Meg gained the technical skills in pattern making and advanced sewing that led to a number of awards for her design and construction skills. Before becoming the Online Editor of BurdaStyle.com Meg worked as a pattern making intern for Vera Wang. Meg also launched her own highly unique clothing line consisting of fashion-forward spandex leggings in 2010.