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What you should know about dart manipulation

There are many pattern drafting techniques you can use to turn your slopers into flattering fashion, there is one technique you'll use over and over again.

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Bodice pattern making variations / dart manipulations & rotations. page is taken from the out-of-print vintage textbook 'Clothing for Moderns' by Mabel D. Erwin and Lila A. Kinchen. (See modern update here:

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Bodice Dart Rotation - image from: (Go to her blog to download a high-resolution PDF file!)

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This sample of fabric manipulation shows the technique of a spiral pleated sleeve. It was successfully created through pattern cutting. I like the simplicity of how the fabric had been manipulated.

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Coat back with sheer panel & radiating darts; creative pattern cutting; sewing inspiration; fashion design detail

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