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Estimated Fabric Yardage Requirements

Submitted by, Denver Fabrics

 

Fabric Requirements: 
Not every project starts with a sewing pattern. When the right fabric comes along, you know that you have to buy that fabric even though you have only a vague idea of what you might do with it. With this chart in hand, you can make that purchase intelligently, confident that when the time comes to sew your fabric you won't run short. Unlike fabric, sewing notions will never be a problem. They will always be right here at denverfabrics.com whenever you need them.

These guidelines are suitable for women up to size 14 and a height of 5'5". If you take a larger size or are taller, you must allow extra yardage.

The sewing pattern for your specific project is the best indicator for the amount of fabric you will need. Additional fabric yardage may be needed due to shrinkage when fabric is pre-treated (laundering or dry cleaning).

Important: 
All fabric yardage requirements are approximations.

Long Sleeved Blouses:

Fabric Width

Classic Shirt

Fuller Blouse

45”

2 to 2-1/2 yd

2-1/2 to 3 yd

115cm

1.8 to 2.3 m

2.3 to 2.7 m

60”

1-3/4 yd

2-1/4 yd

150cm

1.6 m

2.1 m

Note: For short sleeves deduct 3/8 yd or .3 m

 

T-Shirts & Sweatshirts:

Fabric Width

Short Sleeve

Long Sleeve

60”

11/4 yd

1-5/8 yd

150cm

1.2 m

1.5 m

Note: Based on a 24"/ 60cm body length. For longer length add ½ yd or.5 m

 

Jackets/ finished length:

Fabric Width

Classic Lapel

Fuller / Longer

45” 

21/4 to 21/2 yd

3 yd

115cm

1.8 to 2.3 m

2.3 to 2.7 m

60”

1-3/4 yd

2-1/4 to 2-1/2 yd

150cm

1.6 m

2.1 to 2.3 m

Note: Finished lengths of 24" to 36" or 60 to 90cm

 

Skirts:       Straight & Simple

Fabric Width

 

45”  /115cm

Twice your unfinished length

60” / 150cm

Your unfinished length

Note: Hips not to exceed 50" or 125cm

Skirts:       A-Line, Slim, & Gathered

Fabric Width

 

45”  /115cm

Twice your unfinished length

Note: Bottom width up to 80" or 200cm 

60” / 150cm

Twice your unfinished length

Note: Bottom width up to 115" or 288cm

  

Slacks:

Fabric Width

Simple 

Elastic

45” 

2-1/2 yd

2-3/4 yd

115cm

2.3 m

2.5 m

60”

1-1/2 yd

1-1/2 yd

150cm

1.4 m

1.4 m

Note: If your hips are larger than 36"/90cm use ½yd /.5 m more of 60"/150cm fabric

  

Dresses: Simple, Straight, & Long Sleeved

Fabric Width

Finished
length 42"

Finished
length 46"

Finished
length 50"

45”  

3 to 3-1/4

3-1/4 to 3-1/2

3-1/2 to 3-3/4 

115cm

2.7 to 3. m

3 to 3.2 m

3.2 to 3.4 m

60”

2 to 2-1/4

2-1/4 to 2-1/2

2-1/4 to 2-1/2

150cm

1.8 to 2.1

2.1 to 2.3 m

2.1 to 2.3 m

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