There are things in sewing for which I do not have much patience, like fusing on interfacing or marking the darts of a pattern. Somehow I feel that it takes too long to work with chalk paper and I am not even speaking about thread tracing here. For my everyday sewing I am using a faster technique which works very well for me.

Mostly I am using transparent foil for my patterns, I prefer this to paper patterns for various reasons. For once it is really practical to have a see-through pattern for fabric matching. Furthermore the foil is much sturdier than the flimsy paper and for my dart technique the patterns gets folded over a pin. Paper patterns tend to tear here, but my foil patterns are staying whole.

First, I place the pattern on the fabric …

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… and mark the lower end points of the dart with small clips.

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Then I place a pin a tin bit above the point of the dart (pinning through fabric and foil).

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The I fold back the foil pattern over the pin so that the fabric is now lying open. The position of the dart point can be seen very well.

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Now you can trace a line between the dart point and the clipped dart end with chalk and a ruler.

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Do the same for the other leg of the dart. Be careful not to distort the fabric while drawing the line.

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And here we have a perfect dart, marked in just a few minutes.

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