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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > fabric amounts ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 4/1/12 5:31 PM

Just curious- if you see fabulous material at a good price but don't have a
project in mind how much do you tend to buy- I know that with quilting
fabric I will buy 3 or 4 yards sometimes because I know that even if I have
a yard or some odd amount left I will always use it. Garment fabric on
the other hand- a half yard might be useless but no one wants to buy too
little either...

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Date: 4/1/12 5:59 PM

In February PR gave away a set of gwyn hug's 'How Much Fabric?' reference cards: PR blog post

I keep meaning to get a set. Here's the link to the website. (NAYY)

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Date: 4/1/12 7:38 PM

Well, it depends on what you're thinkink you can make and what size you are AND what size the fabric is.

I tend to know that if I want a pair of pants, I'll need about 3.5 yds. For a blouse, AT LEAST 2 yds, etc. Of course that varies a little based on length of fabric and what type of pattern, but I tend to overbuy if anything just to ensure I'll have enough.

I would go through your patterns and make a set of these cards for YOUR SIZE... so if you want a pair of long pants, about how much do your patterns call for? A fitted blouse, how much? A coat, PJ pants, t-shirt, etc. Then you'll have a list handy for when you find that awesome fabric you just HAVE TO HAVE! Hope that is somewhat helpful!

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Date: 4/2/12 1:28 AM

I find that 2 yards is enough for me to make most garments. I'm a 4 petite in RTW. For tops I decide on the sleeve length (long, 3/4, cap vs sleeveless) depending on how much fabric I have. Same for pant (pants, capri vs shorts) and skirt length. I've been known to eliminate facings, fold up hems and other tricks to compensate for lack of fabric. If I have left over fabric I just make smaller items like panties with knits, small purse with wovens.

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Date: 4/2/12 4:29 AM

I also heartily recommend GwynHug. I have a set and they are invaluable to buy fabric with. NAYY.

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Date: 4/2/12 9:05 PM

GwynHug's reference cards are the best thing in my purse for just this occasion! You always know just how much to buy depending on what you think you might use the fabric for. A great investment for very little money.

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Date: 4/2/12 10:05 PM

I've become dependent upon ordering fabric online. And, I've been ordering fabrics that I don't have years of experience with. So, I try to include an extra six to eight inches; enough for shrinkage and for larger swatches to track the performance of the fabric blend and the supplier. The swatches also become great shopping tools and come in handy for repairs.

If I find a very good value in a bottom weight fabric that ties into a wardrobe color family that I am sewing multiple tops for I either double the amount to cover (me with) two bottoms, or triple the amount for two bottoms and some sort of topper.



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