Are you all reading Barbara Emodi‘s free weekly sewing newsletter? You should be! It’s almost as wonderful as learning from her in person!
One of her recent newsletters was all about darts – how to sew them, why you want them, etc.
If darts have been eliminated from “easy to sew” patterns, they’ve been eliminated even more frequently from patterns for knits. For some applications, you really don’t need them, but there are many styles, fabrics and bodies where a little dart is a big help! Even a tee-shirt sometimes looks better with a bust dart.
Not all knit fabrics will take darts as easily as others. Here’s a quick list I wrote for myself when I first started sewing:
Better for darts: cotton interlock, cotton double knit, wool double knit
Not so great for darts: rayon, bamboo, lycra jersey, mesh, slippery knits, ITY polyester, lycra
Beverly Johnson talked about sewing darts in shapewear in this online class, so if you prefer to learn by watching a video, you may want to check it out.
Here’s a small roundup of sewing patterns for knits that include darts: