November 12, 2012

The blouse revisited pt. 3

About a year ago I cut my blouse pattern out of tag board. I had cut the interior of the darts out because I thought it would be more convenient to just trace the dart onto the fabric. Sometimes this is done in the industry, but there is a better way. Anyway, this didn't work out very well.

So after I had made my most recent modifications, I recut the front and back blouse pattern pieces. This time I drew the darts in with the addition of drill holes. You can't really see them in the photo, but I used an awl to poke holes into the tag board. A pencil tip fits into the holes to mark the dart on the fabric. This should work better

Now I'm finally ready to buy some more fabric for blouses.


  1. Can you tell me more about the problems that came from cutting away the darts?

  2. The dart is fairly wide. Cutting out the dart meant I had to either leave a small section of tag board along the hem or cut it all out and guess the shape of the hemline. I left a small section so I could trace all the way around the bodice front and then just trace part of the dart. Unfortunately that small section of tagboard tore off. I did not get a picture of it, and I probably should have. The new version has drill holes and they are just as easy to transfer. I can then use a ruler, if I choose, to draw in the legs of the dart matching up the drill holes.