Learn about Darts at Sew Mama Sew


I wrote a guest post over at the wonderful Sew Mama Sew blog this week, all about the mighty dart! Darts are one of those seemingly simple things in sewing that actually provide the key to understanding patterns and getting the right fit.

Read my little primer on darts over at SMS so you can see how they work and how you can use them to your advantage!

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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I have been reading your blogs for a long time and love your venture into your own business! I am also off to Paris and loved some of the places you visited and am taking my girlfriend, a dance teacher, as a surprise to Repetto because of your post…..
I have a question and know you will have great advice, even though it seems so 101 in sewing. I have a dress form and have always wondered when fitting the garment to the form during construction, do you fit it snugly to the form, ie..the waist? I either do too tight or think I have to leave ‘moving’ room and the clothing is too loose. I thought to ask you after your pictures with your forms. I love your style and your info. Best wishes! Thanks, Jean


Jean, you’re right that you must allow extra room when you’re fitting. The extra room that allows you to move freely is known as “wearing ease.” Generally, this is somewhere around 3″ for the bust, 1/2″ for the waist, and 2″ for the hips. There can be more or less ease depending on the style and design, of course.


Thank you so much for getting back to me. I hope to pick up a special fabric that speaks to me in Paris and don’t want to be disappointed in the result!

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