And that’s how I made the darts in my muslin: a pinch and a pin here. Take a pin out, put a pin back in. Now drop your hands, take a step back, and be critical.
It’s trial and error.
A few other words about the darts:
– In case you didn’t notice, the darts are on the INSIDE of the skirt.
– These darts are long and narrow because this is a high-waisted skirt. If the skirt sat lower on my hips, the darts would be wider and more squat for a better fit over my bum.
After I made sure the darts were identical, I took the skirt off my dress form and drew sewing lines in marking pencil.
Sewing the darts was a breeze, with one caveat: the darts have a slight curve to them (check out the directions). This little arc will help the skirt skim gracefully over my curves.
The darts were then pressed toward the zipper. (I had to think for a minute about his because I was working on the inside of the skirt.)
Darts truly make a garment “custom.” This muslin (and the final skirt) will be absolutely Erin-sized and Erin-shaped.
Making darts on a garment while you’re wearing it is hard. Darts go a lot faster when you’re working on a dress form. (Let’s be frank: sewing clothes for yourself without a dress form requires a lot of dressing and undressing. I’ve been there!) It’s important, though, that you take your time and don’t give up until you’re satisfied with fit. The alternative is quality time with your seam ripper.
P.S. If you’re interested in making your own dress form, here’s how I made mine (with the help of MVH, natch).
Next up: the waistband (and some pretty cool sewing techniques)!