curving darts pattern making in adobe illustrator

Curving Darts for a Better Fitting basic block – Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator

This week, we demonstrate how to add some curvature to your basic block darts, using a great little tool in Adobe Illustrator CC.

Adding curvature to your darts helps to remove any sharp edges or indents when drafting your pattern pieces. It helps create a beautifully finished basic block or sewing pattern by creating a smooth curve over the body at various key points, such as the bust, waist, top hip, and hip.

It’s a simple concept that makes a huge difference in the fit of your blocks. 

You’ll need a digital basic torso block with waist shaping and sleeve to follow this tutorial. Check below the video to see your download options. Enjoy! 

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 DesignLab.london. 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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