Vintage Sewing

Question about darts and chiffon

July 14, 2010

I am going to be making this dress view 2.

The lining or inner dress will be made of this fabric and I plan on adding the darts as directed by the pattern.

I am going to make a pink chiffon overlay and sleeves for the dress (don’t really know what the heck I am doing, but I have a vision in my head). I don’t want to put darts in the chiffon as it will ruin the look. Can I just pin them up in the tissue/pattern and cut the chiffon without them? Are there any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

  1. I think if you sew the inner and outer layers together in the dart, it would not ruin the effect – or, you could make it a dart tuck instead, or sew it with a french seam……but I would not recommend trying to remove the dart, as the shape would be all wrong.

  2. Agreed, you can't eliminate the dart without compromising the fit. Sometimes, you can replace the dart with gathers, but in the view you've picked those are large angled darts so I wouldn't recommend that either.
    Any of the suggestions Miriam offered would work. If it was me, I'd cut out the top and bottom layers and treat them as if they were one layer of fabric, and make the dart through both layers.
    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  3. Oh..so they would be connected at the dart. I get it. I feel like that kid from "Welcome Back Kotter"….oooo..oooo…I get it. Or maybe I am the only one old enough to remember that.

    Thanks for the tip I was just about to cut out the chiffon without the dart. I am impatient to get it started. Thanks for the fast reply.

    I GET IT!!! YEAH!!!

  4. Definitely don't eliminate the dart. Bad things will happen!
    I like the previous suggestion of laying both fabrics together with he chiffon on top and tucking its dart into the other. You could just make the darts separately, I don't think it would ruin the fabric design, but it won't be invisible either.

  5. I also vote for basting the chiffon to your other fabric and treating this as 1. What do the instructions ask you to do?

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