I hate darts. I'm not going to mince words here, I really do hate them. I don't tend to pin them either however, I had to with these. It seems that the pattern is trying to wiggle the darts in a way that the fabric is reluctant to stay in. It goes but if you don't pin it the dart will look like an aerial view of the Amazon River. Soooooo, I'm pinning and darting and pinning and darting and darting and pinning. Sixteen darts! Ugh. This is the type of pattern I usually avoid but the entire dress was one pattern piece so I am intrigued.