Oct 14, 2014

How to Estimate Fabric Yardage

Many times customers ask, 'How much fabric do I buy for my sewing project?'

(Pickles by Brian Crane)

When you're designing and drawing your own patterns, you (generally) don't have the benefit of the commercial pattern envelop and the fabric requirement chart they give you on the back.

Here is a short video on learning how to decide the amount of yardage to buy for any project.  It's a quick process of laying out the drawn pattern pieces within a defined space and then measuring from start to finish.  Let's see how.

In addition to this process, after doing this a few times, you simply will get to know how much you need.  For instance, I know that for a classic style of dress pants, I need 1.5 yards of 60" wide fabric.  The narrower the fabric, the more I need.  You really will get to know this information.

Additionally, if you look in your stash of commercial patterns, you'll often find a similar style.  You can read the estimates they provide.

Or when you're at the fabric store, take a quick flip through the pattern catalogues, I'm, sure you'll find some pattern style close to what you've drawn.  Just look at what they suggest.

To help you even further, I've put together a quick Fabric Yardage requirement Cheat Sheet.  It looks like this and can be downloaded from FREE STUFF in the SFD Learning Center.  Just click here.

This cheat sheet will give you a number of general categories of garments, like Blouse with long sleeve, Blouse with short sleeve, Camisole or sleeveless top etc.  Please take a few minutes to go grab your copy.  It's great to fold up and tuck in your purse.  You just never know when you'll have fabric jump out and say 'buy me!'

And when all else fails, think '2 1/2 yards (2.3 m)'.  That's generally safe for many projects.  In fact, it's likely a little on the too-much side, but better safe than sorry.

Glenda...the Good Stitch!

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