Kurta Shoulder Alterations – with Darts

This tutorial post is about making even or uneven shoulder alterations in oversized Kutra/Kurti/Kameez by adding darts based on individual style and design, thus giving suitable style tips.

Namaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

I had mentioned in my last introductory post of Fitting an Oversized Kurta/Kurti/Kameez that I would come back with tutorials for Kurta/Kurti/Kameez alterations. Here is the first post in the list.

Kurta-Kurti-Kameez Shoulder Alteration - Dart MethodsThis Kurta shoulder alteration method follows use of extra shoulder width to add darts at the shoulders.

Kurta Alteration by Dart Method – Style Tips

Darts can be used to fit an oversized Kurta/Kurti with even/uneven shoulder or for a person with even/uneven shoulder. Darted style shoulder alteration looks best on small or medium overall designs as well as on solids. This style is not suitable those garments with emphasising large designs at the neckline and shoulder.

Difficulty level: Easy

Time required:

  • To measure and mark 10 minutes
  • Single dart stitching each side (total 2 two pointed darts) 15 minutes
  • Multiple darts require 15 minutes for each set

Materials Required:

Matching Colour Thread

Tools Required:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

Kurta shoulder fitting for even or uneven shoulder with darts

  1. We have to measure the shoulder. Two sides can be measured separately if needed more accurate fitting. Say, shoulder is 34cm wide i.e, approximately 13.25 inch wide. This means, for an ideal even shoulder, each side is 17cm (6.6 inch) wide. If shoulder measurement is different in two sides, then we have to note it. Say, 16.5cm at left and 17.5cm at right.
  2. Then, we have to measure the Kurta/Kurti shoulder. Remember to measure the two sides separately. Say, left side is 20cm and right side is 20cm
  3. Note down difference in measurements of left side and right side. For even shoulder, Kurta has 3cm extra width each side. For uneven shoulder, Kurta/Kurti has 3.5cm extra width at left side and 2.5cm extra width at right side.
  4. Then, we will mark midpoint at the shoulder between neck and shoulder edge.
  5. From this midpoint, we have to draw lines perpendicular to the shoulder. This would be the dart location.
  6. Take darts according to the extra width noted on each side. If we have to cover up 3.5cm extra width, then the dart width taken is 3.5cm (1.75cm each side). Dart length has to be more than the armscye depth taken (say, 1/6th bust).Dartlengthcan be up to 2cm less than bust point measurement. Let the darts be slightly rounded outwards as shown in the picture.

    Shoulder Alteration - Single Dart Method

    Shoulder Alteration – Single Dart Method

  7. The darts are single pointed ones. But, they look like two pointed ones as the shoulder of the front and back parts are already stitched together. Single Pointed Darts appear like Double Pointed Dart
  8. For multiple darts, we can divide the shoulder width into many halves so that the dividing points will be darts’ locations. Dartsizewillreduce according to the increased number of darts added. Say,whenKurta has 3cm extra shoulder width each side, we can add 3 darts of 1cm (0.5cm each side) each.

    Shoulder Alteration - Multiple Darts Method

    Shoulder Alteration – Multiple Darts Method

Have a quick look at single and multiple darted Kurta Alterations below:Kurta Shoulder Alteration done with Single & Multiple Darts


  • Refer to Taking Measurements for proper method of taking shoulder measurement, bust point and armscye depth.
  • Darts can be used when equal or unequal amount of fabric is to be concealed on each side. That means, either Kurta/Kurti has even/uneven shoulder or the person has even/uneven shoulder, we can add darts to cover up the extra width.
  • One or more darts can be added as per your wish.
  • Dart length is taken more than armscye depth so as to shape the armhole.
  • Number of darts on each side should be the same.
  • Beginners can draw the fold lines with marking chalk and hand tack the darts before stitching them.


Will come back with another alteration tutorial. Till then, I will wait for your feedback for this post πŸ™‚

Take care!

Bye until the next post!



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  1. Very very useful Sindhoooo…..Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  2. You make it look all so easy πŸ™‚

  3. An easy and useful idea for altering garments with over-sized shoulders! A useful post, Sindhu! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Peggy for your valuable words for this post πŸ™‚ It means a lot to hear from the one who actually does similar experiments!

      TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, thanks for the tutorial. I had a couple of doubts : does the shoulder seem have to be opened before doing this? Also, are there situations where it is better to put darts instead of tucks – or it doesn’t matter. Regarding tucks, does it have to be tucks on the outside like in your kurta, or can one do a bunch of pintucks on the inside?

    • Hi Sudha,
      Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely words πŸ™‚ Apologies for my late reply.

      Regarding your doubts:
      Shoulder needn’t be opened for doing any of the alteration idea in this series.
      Definitely, darts can be added instead of tucks for some designs as I have mentioned in the style tip section of the post itself.
      There is nothing as ‘must’ for alteration method with tucks. Tuck can be from wrong side (just like darts) or can be from outside. It totally depends upon the kurta design.

      Hope my answers clarify all your doubts.
      TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

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