Monday, April 20, 2015

Dart manipulation inspiration

It’s nice to read in the comments there are others working on pattern drafting and dart manipulation too. I don’t think you see it a lot in the blogosphere. If you know blogs/sites let me know in the comments, it would be nice to see it more.

Apart from the in person classes I took Suzy Furrer’s Craftsy class on dart manipulation and it was a great inspiration. I only bought this class a little over a week ago, and I can heartily recommend. She’s very clear and deals with the subject very, very well.She uses the imperial system, but it’s not a problem as in this class it’s not about taking your own measurements and converting that to a paper pattern. It works from a sloper/block pattern, which I have. (disclaimer, I’m not affiliated to Craftsy, this is just a great class if you’re interested in pattern drafting/changing patterns).

Browsing the internet as one does from time to time for inspiration, I found this top. Certainly dart manipulation, combined with pleats/doubled fabric and a ruffle. The ruffle is a bit much to me, I’m not a ruffle-person in general, but the variation is something I might try.


This top is from the Jil Sander collection spring 2015, price 690 euro. It’s not even made from silk.


  1. After watching the dart manipulation class it is interesting to see all the dart work out there in fashion. Once I get my bodice sloper done (if only there was more time in the day) I can see a lot of sheath dresses with variations for work. The top you showcase is interesting. I quite like the ruffle but you could do it without so much flare. Do you follow Studio Faro? Anita's posts on FB and on her webpage are interesting.

  2. Didn't Frabjous Couture post a series on this subject a few years ago? As for the imperial/metric mindbreaking stuff I find those double sided tape measures really helpful!

  3. That's a very interesting top. I like it.

  4. I love the class too. It made me enroll the body sloper class as well, because I thought it was that appealing. Great teacher, very thorough, and inspiring. And I am not a pattern drafter at all, so she really made me enthusiastic 😃 Great top BTW.

  5. Interesting top. Thanks to the info on the Craftsy site. I have three videos I am watching now from there and I have been pleased with the selections I have signed up for.

  6. Thxs for the hint on the Craftsy class.
    Indeed an interesting top, but I will have to wait untill after my exams and the finishing of our new house untill I can work on it....