Curved Darts

Curved Darts-1Darts need not always be straight lines. They may be curved for interest. For instance, a French underarm dart looks quite pretty when it is a curved rather than a straight line (Fig. 16).

1. On the cut-out sloper with the cut-out dart, locate the position of the new dart. Mark the point A.

2. Draw a curved line from A to the dart point. You may draw

the line freehand for eye appeal, then true the line with an appropriate curved instrument or you may draw directly with any of the instru¬ments that may have a curve that appeals to you (Fig. 16a).

3.Slash the curved dart line.

4.Close the original dart, shifting the control to the new curved

dart (Fig. 16b). Fasten with Scotch tape.

Convert this pattern into a bulging block. Compare it with your original waistline-dart block. Does the curve make any difference in the amount of control? None, whatever. You merely have a new design that utilizes the original control.

Just for fun, go back and try all the darts you’ve done with curved instead of straight lines.

The curves may even be compound rather than simple (Fig. 17).

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All of the foregoing patterns were designed for a balanced effect, that is, half a pattern to be cut on a fold of fabric. When opened out, the darts will be exactly the same on either side of the center front or back. This is a formal or symmetrical balance (Fig. 18a). It is the one most generally used in clothing design.

Balance can be achieved in another way. The right and left sides may be different though equal. This is a balance of uneven parts, a “felt” balance, the type most seen in nature. It is called an informal or asymmetrical balance (Fig. 18b). In clothing design, this is a more sophisticated type of balance and requires great skill in handling. It is so easy to push it to a point of imbalance.


{Credit} Design Your Own Dress Patterns

Adele P. Margolis

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