Introduction to Tucks: Part Two

Last time we discussed the basic two types of tucks along with several examples.  Now for my favorite type: the shell tuck.

I came across this particular tuck in one of my 1940’s sewing books.  I had personally never seen it before, nor was I able to find any examples of this tuck in use.  However, I was so enchanted by the design, and the relative easiness of the process, I had to include it!

Let’s bring back the shell tuck!!

Shell tuck Tutorial

Now, go and tuck!  🙂

~Aimee


Introduction to Tucks: Part One

I love the look of tucks on a dress.  I find the look to be so sweet and elegant, and are surprisingly very easy to create.  All you need is a steady hand and a little bit of patience.  The most common types of tucks are the basic tuck, the corded tuck, and the lesser known shell tuck.

Here are a few examples:

Tuck Examples

This week we will learn how to make a basic tuck and a corded tuck, starting with a basic tuck.

The basic tuck can be created either vertically or horizontally to add interest or take up extra length on a skirt.  This tuck can be used on any year of historical sewing.

The corded tuck adds some weight to garments and is often found on petticoats.

The only rule of thumb for any type of tuck is to make sure you add in extra fabric when you cut out your pattern to accommodate the tucks.

Basic Tuck and Corded Tuck Tutorial

Next post: Making a Shell Tuck


Introduction to Darts: Part Two

Now that we have learned the basic way to make a dart, here are two more advanced, yet very common types of darts: the body dart and the tuck dart.

The body dart is most often used for one piece dresses, as well as fitted jackets. Instead of have a triangle shape like the basic dart, the body dart has a diamond shape.  I find that I use this dart the most with historical sewing.

The tuck dart, or inverted tuck, is a basic dart turned upside down.  This creates more fullness at the top and is most often seen in vintage sewing (1930’s-1950’s) right below the bust line.

Here are the steps to create these two darts, starting with the body dart.

Body and Tuck Darts Tutorial

Here again are several examples of darts on historical clothing…

Dart Examples

There are so many types of darts to learn, but these will definitely get you on the right path to a better fit!

Happy Weekend!

~Aimee

Next month: Introduction to Tucks


Introduction to Darts: Part One

Darts have to be my most favorite sewing technique hands down.  It has saved many a bodice from being a disaster with it’s ability to curve and alter the design.  Darts can be used to take in extra fullness at the waist, the shoulder, the elbow, and even over the hips.

Here are some examples:

Dart Examples

This week, I have provided a visual tutorial for the basic dart.  This is great for the tops of skirts, or bodices.

With a little practice, you will soon be darting everything in sight!

Basic Dart Tutorial

Next time, I will show you how to create body darts as well as the dart tuck or inverted dart.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Aimee