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Date: 9/18/11 3:57 PM

Just curious, when you find an amazing fabric but don't yet have a project for it, how much would you typically purchase? I found a goreous designer fabric for $4/yard and really want to take some home, but have no idea what I'd make with it yet. I was thinking it might make a nice dress, but don't have a suitable pattern (yet!). How much would you recommend purchasing to have stashed away for when inspiration strikes?

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Date: 9/18/11 4:02 PM

It depends on the type of fabric, and the width, but all in all, I'd buy 6 yards if it's $4 a yard (especially if it's thin and has drape).

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Date: 9/18/11 4:13 PM

Definitely depends on the width, but I'd probably buy 3 if it's 60" wide because I could do just about any dress with it.

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Date: 9/18/11 4:20 PM

All of it....can you ever really have too much of a great fabric at a cheap price?

I've got full bolts of fabric waiting. And there is a bonus, full bolts of fabric are easier to store.

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Date: 9/18/11 4:31 PM

Welcome to my world, almost. There are no amazing fabric buys like this around my area any more. I try to purchase for wardrobing. At this price I would also consider whether or not i might want a matching jacket to wear with the dress or with other coordinated items so shoes and accessories could be used for more than one outfit. I tend to buy great fabric and then decide on projects later. You may want to make a note in your smart phone or carry an index card with fabric requirements for basic items in 45 and 60 inch widths. Congratulations on your find.

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Date: 9/18/11 7:29 PM

It depends. If it's wide and I plan to make a tee or pants, it's 2.5 yards. But I might be a larger size than you. I don't make dresses, so I suggest you look at a few patterns you like and get a feel. If I want to make a coat, 3 or 4 yards, unless it's a long coat. A long coat could be 6 yards or so. But I am used to buying wider fabrics. It will be more if you are using narrow fabrics.

If you don't want to become overwhelmed with stash (and it's easy to do), I wouldn't be buying 6 yards unless you really can see having 2 or 3 items made from that fabric.

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Date: 9/18/11 7:34 PM

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If you don't want to become overwhelmed with stash (and it's easy to do), I wouldn't be buying 6 yards unless you really can see having 2 or 3 items made from that fabric.


How did you know I was overwhelmed with stash??

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Date: 9/18/11 8:32 PM

I suffer from this all-to-common malady. :D

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Date: 9/18/11 8:39 PM

I bought 6 yards.

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Date: 9/18/11 8:47 PM

It looks like we have more company

Congrats on your purchase, I for one would love to see it.

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Stash Sewn in 2012.... counting...

http://adonising.blogspot.com

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