Vintage Sewing

Darts with Artist Tape

July 17, 2012

I recently got a snippet (If you have not signed up for them, I suggest to do so 🙂 )  from Colette about ways to improve your dart making skills. And I don’t know about you, but I always fuss over how my darts look! No matter what I do they aren’t perfect; chalk, pins, basting lines all did not result in a perfect dart.

In this snippet it said to use artists tape to mark along the dart lines. I figured, “what the hell?” and went to Joann’s with my 40% off coupon to get some. After much hunting a nice lady found it for me in the fancy painting supplies (not the crafter paint the faaaaancy paint lol). I picked up a low-tack tape and was on my way. Check out the final results here. Do you have any tips or tricks to form the perfect dart?


  1. I’m confused about what it did. Did you sew in a straighter line? Did it reinforce the fabric so it didn’t shift while sewing against the grain? What is the point of using this tape?

    1. All of the above. It stabilized during sewing and made the fabric more manageable for a precise matching of the marks, enables the dart to be tapered correctly so the end/tip of the dart did not pucker, created an excellent straight line to follow.

  2. Darts! I have found that sewing them free hand with confidence, marking on the beginning and end, is the best way to go. Takes practice mind you. To avoid a bulky point, run the machine off the edge for an couple of inches and thread the resulting tail back into the dart cavity with a hand sewing needle.

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