I just learned a beautiful way to make a dart, and while I can’t go into the whole shebang in this post, I do have some wonderful gems to dispense. First, chalk dart line, then “loop-baste” the dart—thread-mark dart by sewing a running stitch with loops on one side and then open dart to snip threads. Pin along the marked thread line, then baste one thread width away from the pin and baste to below point of dart. Remove loop-basting, and machine-stitch dart starting at wide end. Just before you get to the point (2-3 stitches away), curve in toward the fabric edge and run those last few stitches along fabric edge. Voila! No more dart bubble!
The Couture Dart March 25, 2009