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How much do you buy?
You find a fabric you must have, but you have no idea what you will make.
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Date: 6/21/12 1:30 AM

I can see this happening to me.... I find the perfect pattern for the fabric, but I'm a 1/2 yard short. Or I end up buying 4 yards and have 1-1/2 yards left over. Or worse.

How do you decide how much to buy so you don't waste fabric, or be broken-hearted?

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Date: 6/21/12 2:26 AM

I kinda have an idea of how much fabric I need.
Usually 1 1/2yd is enough for a top and 2yds for a dress. (I'm very petite... 4'11")
So when I shop for fabrics I at least decide if I want to make a top or dress.
I know some patterns call for much more fabric (layered tierred skirt, or something on a bias), and for those patterns I just end up buying a new fabric... Or not make it at all!



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Date: 6/21/12 2:49 AM

I have the GwynHug's How much fabric series. NAYY, but I use the heck out of them. They did the averages and what not. Matter of fact, I need to replace mine since they're starting to show their use.

Using them, I don't have a lot left over, which is a good thing and most of the time enough to make what I want.

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Date: 6/21/12 3:08 AM

For me, it depends on the width of the fabric. I usually purchase 2 yds for tops, regardless of the width, allowing for shrinkage and cutting/sewing mistakes. I'm not purchasing *expensive* fabrics, so I would rather have extra than not enough. I purchase about 2.5-3 yds for pants and 3 - 4 yds (5 yds if it's only 45" wide and a woven) if I fall in love with a fabric, but clueless as to what it may someday become. I purchase fabrics almost exclusively online, so I tend to go with more fabric rather than less, and stock up on the sales as I come across them for making trial garments (muslins) rather than using actual muslin fabric, which doesn't work for knits anyway.

Here are a few links to similar questions regarding how much fabric to purchase, that should be of more help than I am. :)

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Date: 6/21/12 8:47 AM

I usually always buy 2 yds. If it's a bottomweight I'll get 3. If it's a coating weight I get 4.

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Date: 6/21/12 9:20 AM

I keep a slip of paper in my wallet for all the various garment fabric needs. I can usually tell what the fabric could be used for.

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Date: 6/21/12 1:14 PM

I use a combo of all the methods described above.

For tops vs pants vs tee vs dress, I have a general idea of how much fabric I will need and so buy appropriately.

I recently purchased the GywnHug's cards (NAYY) and they are VERY nice & helpful!

And sometimes if I have NO IDEA what I might make of it, I'll buy either just a little or quite a bit depending on how much I love it and the price.

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Date: 6/21/12 4:14 PM

I'm a plus size, so I do 2.5 yds for a top, 3 yds for a bottom, and 5 yds for a dress (I like maxi dresses).

I don't think of the leftovers as waste, because I keep them for another project, eventually: a purse, a tote, an item for my 4-yr-old daughter, etc.

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Date: 6/21/12 4:24 PM

Hadn't heard of GwynHug fabric cards before but what a cool idea!

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Date: 6/21/12 5:03 PM

Well, I learned something new and just purchased a set of those cards.

In general, I do have an idea of how much I need for certain types of garments, and the type of fabric would determine what type of thing I would make (pants, tee, etc).

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