Darts in a dash

Let this salutory tale be a warning. First, there’s a reason why some of us have been told to wait 24 hours before publishing anything on social media. Second, never make assumptions about the extent to which our body shapes can differ.

Following up with readers regarding our last blog on the subject of summer tops, darts and the benefits of toile-making, we were on a bit of a roll. We’d tried out the M&M Curlew top, reporting that this blogger and a customer had both found the darts to be positioned rather too high, despite our contrasting body shapes. Offline, we both questioned (rather bluntly – yet wittily, we thought at the time) the likelihood of any body type existing which that top might fit. Yes, yes – we know, we know – we’re sure M&M test their patterns and thousands of makers have, justifiably, loved their collections. As indeed, do we. But why let that stop us in our tracks when our tongues and typing are running faster than our brains?

We know we should have left it there. Especially since the Curlew make in question had since been tried on one of our ClothSpot itinerants and deemed to be a perfect fit.

Never ones to take a hint, much less to miss an opportunity to over-work a line, we took it upon ourselves to relay our sharp-tongued exchange to a third party. Namely, the prolific and stylish Sarah (known to Instagram as sewinsarahjane). Unbeknownst to us, upon reading our blog, she’d already dashed upstairs to try on her three iterations of the Curlew pattern, suddenly concerned that she’d been wearing malpositioned darts all this time. Which of course she hadn’t.

One might imagine that when confronted with our conjectures as to the likelihood of that design fitting a grown adult, that she might justifiably have taken us to task and at the very least, deleted us from her Christmas list. However not only are we blessed with a readership possessed of the best good humour – but also of extensive knowledge and experience. Our correspondent not only responded with good-natured laughter but what’s more, was resourceful and kind enough to send us some suggestions for patterns without darts which she thought we might like to consider, given our obvious difficulty in that department. We thought it would be churlish to keep those to ourselves – so here goes.

First up we have Sewaholic’s ‘Pendrell Blouse’. This has princess seams to avoid the need for darts – so is still fitted, but with a different cut.

Pendrell top without darts
‘Pendrell Blouse’ by Sewaholic Patterns

Next, another design from Sewaholic Patterns – this time their ‘Belcarra Blouse’. This is an interesting one in that it has a raglan sleeve which is another way of allowing for some shaping in the chest department without using side darts.

Belcarra blouse without darts
‘Belcarra Blouse’ by Sewaholic Patterns

Finally we have the ‘Inari Tee Dress’ by Named Patterns. This is a looser, less-fitted affair with a slight cocoon shape – therefore using a wider-cut top as a design feature.

Inari top without darts
‘Inari Tee Dress by Named Clothing

We’re very grateful to Sarah for our lesson in dart-avoidance – and we’d love to hear about other favoured dart-free designs you’ve used – please drop us a line! In the meantime we promise to look, learn and listen before posting. Until the next time we’re caught out…

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4 thoughts on “Darts in a dash

  1. jenny good says:

    Hi I have an old pins and needles blouse pattern that has no darts that I am going to modify to a half button down shirt as a Autumn project. Yes I have remembered the sizing is smaller so I will make a toile first.

  2. Ann Starks says:

    Well….darts! Home sewers are obsessed with making sure they aim arrow like to our pointiest bits. I took my daughter to see the queen’s dresses at bucky pal (fab. Just go). (I am now in love with two Normans, only one of which I’m married to) ( the other one is Hartnell). I was appalled to find that, fabulous though the outfits were, they did not all fit the models and the darts were INCHES OUT. My daughter thought my indignance hysterical and told me to “get a life”, whatever that means. I was itching for a reel of sellotape and a metre of wadding….

    • ClothSpot says:

      Wiping a spray of tea off our computer screen here, Ann. Thank you for hilarious (and educative) start to our day. What we couldn’t achieve with sellotape and wadding!

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