I didn’t know that how to shorten a dart was a subject of confusion but apparently it is. Two competing methods were published in two different editions of the same pattern making book (the book won’t be named) and the crazy thing is, the version I thought was correct was deleted and replaced with what I felt was an incorrect method in the newest edition. Maybe I was brainwashed with the earlier method? Regardless, I’m interested in what you have to say. Not that I think it’s appropriate that we decide which method is correct based on a show of hands so arguments supporting your case will be important.
Using the example of the sketch at right –this larger version will open in a new window for printing- please illustrate how you’d shorten this dart. Alternatively, you could explain it or even, ask related questions. If you prefer, you can also use a sketch of your own making. You can post a link to your version in comments or you can email it to me. Thanks everybody!