how to fix pointy bust darts

Pointy bust darts in clothing can be an aesthetic concern, but they can often be fixed with some simple adjustments. Here’s how you can fix pointy bust darts:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Garment with pointy bust darts
  • Seam ripper or small scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pins
  • Ruler or measuring tape


  1. Identify the Pointy Darts:
    • Put on the garment or have someone wear it so you can identify the pointy darts more accurately. Make sure the garment fits as it should otherwise, to avoid misdiagnosing the issue.
  2. Remove Existing Darts (if necessary):
    • If the darts are stitched in a way that you cannot simply adjust them, you may need to remove them first. Carefully use a seam ripper or small scissors to unpick the stitches along the dart lines. Be cautious not to damage the fabric.
  3. Press the Fabric:
    • Lay the garment flat on an ironing board and press the fabric with a warm iron. This will remove any existing creases and make it easier to work with.
  4. Create New Darts:
    • Measure and mark the new dart placement. Use a ruler or measuring tape to determine the desired dart placement on both sides of the garment. Make sure the darts are symmetrical and evenly spaced.
  5. Pin the Darts:
    • Fold the fabric along the marked dart lines, bringing the fabric right sides together. Pin the darts in place to secure them temporarily.
  6. Sew the Darts:
    • Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew along the marked dart lines. Start at the widest part of the dart (usually the side seam) and sew towards the point. Backstitch at both ends to secure the stitches.
  7. Trim and Press:
    • Trim any excess fabric from the dart seams to reduce bulk. Leave about 1//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////4 inch (6 mm) of seam allowance. Press the darts flat with an iron. If the fabric is delicate, consider pressing the darts open instead of to one side.
  8. Check the Fit:
    • Have the wearer try on the garment to check if the new darts have improved the fit and reduced the pointiness. Make any necessary adjustments to the dart placement or width if needed.
  9. Finish the Darts:
    • If you’re satisfied with the fit and appearance, finish the darts by securing the loose threads and reinforcing the stitching. Use a backstitch or a few extra stitches at the point of the dart to prevent it from coming undone.
  10. Press Again:
    • Give the darts a final press to ensure they lie flat and look smooth.
  11. Test the Garment:
    • Have the wearer try on the garment once more to ensure that the pointy darts have been successfully fixed.

If you’re not confident in your sewing skills or the darts are part of a more complex garment, consider seeking the assistance of a professional tailor or seamstress who can make the necessary adjustments for you. Properly fitted darts can greatly improve the overall look and comfort of your clothing.

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