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Date: 3/11/14 5:27 PM

I found a fabric on etsy that I am thinking of getting to make a dress, but there are only 2 yards available. The dress I want to make with it requires 1 7/8 yard of 60 inch wide or 2 5/8 yard. Will it be enough?
The only adustments I should need will be an SBA, and I can do a rolled hem instead of the 1 1/4 inch hem that pattern allows for.

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Date: 3/11/14 8:22 PM

it's impossible to say. If you said what pattern and size you were making, someone might know. Many pattern layouts are wildly suboptimal.

The limiting factor in many patterns is whether you can get two of the widest piece side by side or, if they need to be shifted along the length. Also an issue is one way fabrics (with a nap) so the pieces have to be laid the same way, whether there are stripes or plaids to match, etc. If there's no stripe matching required, you can see if you can lay the pattern out in the 2 yards. (Also, if you're going to pre wash, don't forget to discount for shrinkage. )
If you can, you may be safe. If you can't, you know you aren't.

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Date: 3/11/14 8:31 PM

Procraftinate - love your user name. Anyway, as dsheidt suggested (but elaborating on it slightly): take a piece of fabric you have, or even a blanket folded to the correct size, and lay it out to represent 2 yards by 54". Take the pieces from your pattern and see if you can get them all to fit - on grain, of course.

If your fabric has a pattern you want to match, it is unlikely that you will be able to do so with that amount of fabric.

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Date: 3/11/14 10:17 PM

fabric width conversion chartchart

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Date: 3/12/14 6:49 AM

AnneM- what a terrific idea! Thanks!

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Date: 3/12/14 9:27 AM

That's a great idea AnneM but I was planning on saving it for the pattern stash contest (which I beleive is in July) I know in the past for pattern stash contests the patterns had to be uncut.

I am planning on making Simplicity 4070 either veiw D or E with contrasting accents.

Thanks for the chart diane! it looks like it should work!

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Date: 3/12/14 11:04 AM

Well, you may not be able to cut the pattern tissue apart but you could get the general measurements of the skirt pieces to see how they might fit. Then just refold the tissue.

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Date: 3/12/14 12:58 PM

I think what they mean when they say "the pattern can't be cut" is that you may not cut out the pattern on the fabric you are going be using and that the pattern may not have been used previously. I don't think they mean that you can't cut the pieces apart to see if you have enough fabric to complete the project. It's just that the whole idea of the contest is to use a pattern that you have had for a while and haven't made up before. To be sure you aren't breaking any rules you could certainly send Depeeka an e-mail and ask. Of course, if it were me, I'd have to order the fabric if I really liked it and if it didn't work I'd have more fabric stash.

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Date: 3/12/14 1:03 PM

If I really liked the fabric, I would buy it. If the intended pattern won't fit, there may be another one that will.

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Date: 3/12/14 2:49 PM

I did order the fabric I think I should be able to make it work since it I won't have to do any matching.

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