Saturday, July 11, 2015

Quick Tutorial: How to remove the front darts in trouser patterns (to make jeans)

It's very simple to remove a dart from an existing trouser or pants pattern when you're making jeans.

For example - the EvaDress 1940s Swing Trousers 3322:

Darted at the waist:



 The same pattern, without waist darts:

1. To remove the darts, trace around your pattern piece (we never cut the original, right?)

2. Redraw the dart lines down to the side edge of the pattern piece, somewhere near the knee area. Keep the same start points on the waist edge.

3. Fold the new dart closed.

4. Retrace your new pattern piece, and re-draw the waist so it's even (you can see the faint blue line of where the previous folded piece was).

And that's it! Front darts gone and your new pants pattern is ready to be made into jeans.

I hope this tutorial helps if anyone was wondering how to do it :)


Claire Gittins said...

I never would have thought to do it like this. It works though - your jeans are fab!

pumpener said...

Forgive me as a novice but why cant u just close the dart and sew as is, instead of drawing a new dart to the side seam (that looks bigger than original one) THEN close? Sewing can be so over complicated sometimes, i dont get it 😩

Bex said...

Hi Pumpener! If you fold the dart closed without removing it somewhere else, technically your pattern piece isn't 100% flat and the accuracy is out a little bit.


Helen Snell said...

Great tip, thanks for sharing!

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