How to Sew Darts – DIY Fashion Tutorial

If you’ve ever seen a pattern with little triangles on it like the drawing below, those are darts.


Darts are one of those things that most people think are really hard, so they don’t want to learn how to do them. They aren’t really hard at all- if you’ve got a baggy spot on a garment, you pinch it til it fits, pin it, and sew.

Once you get the hang of darts, they are indispensable when you’re making something that needs a tailored fit. They’re also a great tool for when you’re reconstructing something- sometimes all something needs is to be fitted a little better.

In our example, we’re making a pencil skirt. Because we’re using a woven fabric, the waistline kind of bags open at the top. Darts to the rescue!

This same process can be used for darts elsewhere, like in the bust.

Step 1

To make your own darts, put the skirt on inside out and pinch the bagginess at the sides of the front (where the darts are drawn in the picture) and the same places at the back.

Try to make the darts as even to each other as possible. At the very least, make sure the front darts are even with one another, and likewise in back.


Step 1

Step 2

Pin the darts at an angle (following the arrow). This will make the skirt contoured to your shape.

Step 2

Step 3

This is what the dart looks like with the fabric laid flat.


Step 3

Step 4

Sew right along with the pins. It might help you to draw a line connecting the pin points before you sew.

* You’re actually supposed to start at the wide end and sew towards the point… that way you can backstitch at the wide end, but leave long thread tails at the point, which you tie by hand. But sometimes I like to break the rules.

Step 4

Step 4.2


Step 5

Here’s your stitched dart. To make it lay flat, cut along the fold just to the tip of the dart, and press it open with an iron.

Step 5


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8 comments on “How to Sew Darts – DIY Fashion Tutorial
  1. Great tutorial! I have a bad habit of buying clothes that are too baggy for me, I’m so happy I know how to dart now so I can make them look more tailored. thanks!

  2. Sarah-Jane says:

    Thank you very much for this tutorial – I tried it and it worked brilliantly! I am very pleased to not have to worry about two of my favourite skirts slipping down!!

  3. Melody says:

    If you’ve made a lining for the skirt using the same pattern, should you sew the lining into the darts too?

  4. keneisha says:

    educational!darts were my next topic

  5. Samantha says:

    Darts have been one thing I shy away from. I used a pattern that had darts in it which went up and down a top and this was alright, but a other darts done on my own without a pattern and good explaining was ignored when looking for patterns to sew clothes.

  6. dsullinger says:

    Wow, I have 3 pairs of gym shorts that literally fall to the floor while on me… our 27yo Daughter hates it when that happens (sucks for her). This is great, I will go home and give this a shot tonight. I’ve only been sewing a short time. The Wife is showing me, but this looks simple enough. You will make our daughter happy. Thanks and good tutorial.

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