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Adding a dart cap to a basic block in Adobe Illustrator
Digital Pattern Making Tutorial

This week, CAAMCREATIVE asked us (via email) if we could demonstrate how to add a simple dart cap to a basic block in Adobe illustrator. It’s a pretty simple concept when you know how, but if you don’t it can be a bit tricky since you can’t physically manipulate the pattern and close the dart. In this tutorial we show you three different darts all with slightly different techniques for adding a dart cap. On the plus side, it’s a really quick tutorial which is really important when producing your finished patterns and basic blocks. We also demonstrate how to add a simple seam allowance to the finished dart cap and basic block. Enjoy!

If you would like to try this technique out yourself, navigate to the LAB and draft your very own made-to-measure basic block or visit DesignLab.London to get a nested basic block pack (sizes UK4 – 24) Scroll down the page to find links to both of these resources.

Download the Basic Torso Block to Follow Along

You will need a hip-length basic torso block that features waist shaping and a mid-shoulder front dart to follow this tutorial and draft this basic wrap dress. We have two options for you to choose from!

Made-to-Measure Torso Block

Draft a basic Torso block to fit your unique measurements. Create a profile, add your measurements, design your block, then download it as an SVG ePattern (sleeve included).

Torso Block Pattern Pack

Purchase and download the Torso block pattern pack from our sister site The pack contains Ai, SVG and PDF patterns in Sizes UK4 -24 (sleeve included).

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

Transform your finished pattern into multi-page PDF patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print, share and sell your patterns online. 


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