How to Pivot Manipulate Bodice Darts
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How to Pivot Manipulate Bodice Darts

Pivoting / dart transferal is a foundation skill behind all beautifully fitted designs.
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Created by Carol Wickenden
Last updated 8/2017
Price: $20
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will have the skills to successfully pivot / manipulate darts around the bodice pattern, enabling you to create your own unique designs that fit beautifully.
  • Using the fitted bodice block supplied you will learn all the foundation skills required to manipulate / pivot the darts around the front and back bodice.
  • Take the foundation skills to the next level and create 3 different advanced designs.
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  • No previous knowledge is required for this course, just a passion to learn bodice dart manipulation.
  • You will need tracing paper and plain paper or cardboard.
  • Basic stationary including rulers,scissors, pens and tape measure.
  • Dress form or mannequin is a great asset but not essential.

Darts are the most important part behind a fitted garment, they create the contour to the body. Learning how to manipulate / pivot bodice darts enables you to create beautifully fitting bodices and dresses.

We start with the most important part, the foundation knowledge and take you right through to applying this technique to some creative bodice designs. See where a dart comes from and how you move the dart around the bodice pattern. Then the fun starts as you learn how to apply this technique and create some original bodice designs.

Included in the course are:

  • step by step videos
  • handouts 
  • Scaled fitted bodice pattern for practice
  • Full scale front and back bodice pattern

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at people who want to fully understand bodice dart manipulation, from basic to advanced positions.
  • You have a desire to learn, want to up skill, or need additional understanding or coaching on pattern making.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
2 Lectures 03:37

The purpose of this video is to give you an overview of the skills you will achieve. Darts and the use of darts in design lines is the secret to a fabulous fitting garment.

Preview 01:06

In this lecture you will learn how fabric naturally hangs over the bust.

How to manipulate the excess fabric into different positions and the formation of darts which enable the fabric to contour over the bust.

Preview 02:31
The most important part, Foundation Knowledge and Understanding.
5 Lectures 19:02

This video shows you exactly how to successfully pivot the Underarm dart to the Waist dart.

Bodice with Waist Dart Only

Lecture 3 demonstrates pivoting the underarm dart to the shoulder position, and how to accurately complete the dart shaping without folding the pattern.

Bodice with Shoulder and Waist Darts

Practice and repetition consolidates learning in this lecture see how to pivot / manipulate the dart to the armhole position. This is a very flattering position.

Bodice with Armhole and Waist Darts

The French dart position is a very popular flattering position. Watch the video and complete the pattern, then complete the independent exercises in Section 3

Bodice with French Dart

Test your skills 3 Individual Exercises on Bodice Pivoting
4 Lectures 08:45

Can you do these designs without any assistance? 

We don't know what we don't know until we give it a go. 

So it's time to download the S3 Bodice Exercise Pictures pdf and complete the patterns. 

Remember we are here to help you so send us a message if you would like clarification on anything.

Time to Practice

Before you watch this video, put your skills to the test and pivot the waist and underarm dart into the neckline. Take a photo of your pattern and show me your new bodice pattern.

Watch this video after you have completed Lecture 7. Neck dart demonstration.

Before you watch this video, put your skills to the test and pivot the underarm dart into the neckline, complete the dart shaping and take a photo of your pattern I'd love to see your progress.

Create the bodice pattern with Neck and Waist Darts then review the Video.

I love this dart position before you watch this video, put your skills to the test and pivot the darts to create this Y dart, then complete the dart shaping add seam allowance and take a photo of your pattern.

Now here is the Y dart create this pattern then watch the video
Front Designs with Multiple Darts away from bust point
1 Lecture 11:15
After learning this technique complete the other exercises on the hand out.
Fabulous Fitted Bodice Designs incorporating Dart Manipulation
4 Lectures 23:59

We found some fabulous designs on pinterest this Blue top is the inspiration for this pattern. In the video watch me decide on the design lines position and then pivot the dart to that position.

Download the handout of the design and the scaled final pattern shapes.

Designer Bodice 1

Designer Bodice 2

Create your own design on the template provided and show us your patterns

Back Bodice Dart Manipulation - Pivoting
3 Lectures 11:31
This video demonstrates pivoting the back shoulder dart to the neck position

Pivot the shoulder dart to the armhole position

Learn how to use the back shoulder dart in the Back Yoke design line
About the Instructor
Carol Wickenden
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Fashion Pattern Technician, Teacher, Trainer and Coach

Carol is a qualified teacher, trainer and coach and believes there is nothing more important than empowering others through teaching, coaching and mentoring.

Teaching and working in the Fashion Industry for more than 25 years, Carol brings to the table a deep wealth of knowledge and has the ability to teach things in a simple and easy to understand way.

Carol’s area of expertise and passion is in manual and computer pattern cutting, making and grading. After graduating with honors from Fashion at East Sydney TAFE, was employed as a patternmaker in a small exclusive high end label. Loving diversity and a new challenge her depth and width of experience goes from employee to CEO and from individualized fit of formal garments to mass production. Women’s fashion labels to Corporate Uniforms, Ski wear and pattern cutting for leather garments.

Carol believes that the difference between a good pattern and a great pattern is fit and proportion. Everyone wants to look and feel good.

Carol is also a qualified coach with accrediations from John Maxwell and Anthony Robbins.

Whether you are wanting to learn how to make a pattern, a pattern cutter wanting to upskill, student needing additional advice or coaching on a specific style or technique then reach out to Carol now or download the specific modules that will help you on your design and increase your knowledge.