dart is a common way in dress making to shape a garment. darts can be
found on tops, dresses, vest, jackets, pants, and skirts. Since darts help
shape a garment to one's body, they can be found on curved areas of the
garment like the bust area, buttocks area, and waist area. Some garments
that are more fitted will find darts in sleeves, and backs.
There are two
different kinds of darts, a single -pointed dart which is the most common
dart found in dress making, and the double
pointed dart. Darts should always be stitched from the widest to the
narrowest part of the dart.
always be pressed flat and toward the center of the garment. For example,
as shown in the sketch below, the darts on the back of the skirt pattern
are pressed toward the center back seam where the zipper will go.
Also see how to
sew a double-pointed dart, also known as a diamond dart.