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Shifting a Dart to Match a Pattern
If a dart is angled on a pattern and not straight up and down and you stitch it with a plaid or stripe, the lines won't match up. It's easy to shift your dart so that the lines match up nicely.

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  • How to sew a dart. How to Shift A Dart for Plaids or Stripes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here is an example of what an angled dart would look like on the pattern. You can see it isn't parallel to the grain line.

  • How to sew a dart. How to Shift A Dart for Plaids or Stripes - Step 2
    Step 2

    The left side here is the dart sewn off grain. The right side is sewn when the dart is straight up and down. You can see the lines on the plaid match up on the right but not on the left.

  • How to sew a dart. How to Shift A Dart for Plaids or Stripes - Step 3
    Step 3

    First, mark the apex. This is where your nipple is on you, usually about an inch above the dart.

  • How to sew a dart. How to Shift A Dart for Plaids or Stripes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Draw a box around the dart. Cut out the box.

  • How to sew a dart. How to Shift A Dart for Plaids or Stripes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Shift the box so the dart is straight up and down, with the tip of the dart still pointing towards the apex. That's it! Just tape it down and re-draw the waist lines to everything matches up.

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