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Hand Drafting A Skirt Block Page 9

 The Back Darts - Part 6

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Part 6 - The Back Darts


Part 6 - The Back Dart Position.
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Stage 11

Measure the length of the straight back waist from centre back to the new side waist mark. Make a note of that measurement and call it measurement A

 Now take the actual total waist measurement from your list and divide it by 4.  Call it measurement B.

Take measurement B from measurement A.

With the difference you will make one dart or two darts.

If the difference is less than 4cm you will make 1 dart only.  If the difference is more than 4cm you will make 2 darts. 

 The first dart or single dart will be 9cm away from the centre back.   Mark the spot 9cm from the centre back waist on the waistline.  From that point drop a spot or line 15cm long and at right angles from the first mark.

Now divide the dart difference equally on either side of that line.  Make 2 equal marks.

This information is repeated on the next stage page.

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