Dart (sewing)

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The reverse side of fabric showing where a dart has been taken in and stitched to tailor the shape of a garment to the wearer.

Darts are folds sewn into fabric to help provide a three-dimensional shape to a garment. They are frequently used in women's clothing to tailor the garment to the wearer's shape.

Two kinds of darts are common in blouses for women:

  • Vertical darts—These are sewn from the bottom of the blouse to a point generally around the bustline. This type of dart may be found in the front, rarely in the back of a garment and are used by the garment maker to pull in the bottom of the blouse towards the wearer's waist.
  • Bust darts—These are short triangle folds that provide space for breasts such that the fabric under the breasts isn't hanging, rather is fitting closer to the wearer. There are several subtypes of bust line dart:[1]
    • Center
    • Waist
    • French
    • Side seam
    • Armhole
    • Neckline
    • Shoulder
    • T-dart
    • Inverted T-dart

In the early 1950s, the New York City firm of Evan-Picone pioneered the use of darts in the pockets of women's clothing. The darts help keep the pocket open and thus more easily accessed, reducing the chance of rips or tears.[2]


  1. ^ Calderin, Jay (2009). Form, Fit and Fashion. Rockport Publishers Inc. p. 131. ISBN 9781592535415. 
  2. ^ Hays, Constance. "Joseph Picone, 83, a Founder of Line of Women's Clothing." New York Times. June 26, 2001.

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