Subject: Calculating Fabric Yardage Amounts
- Hi Rae,
I am not sure if I am completely understanding your question, but I will
take a shot at it.
Just because you buy a fabric that is twice as wide - doesn't necessarily
mean you will need half the yardage.
If you are talking about yardage for a costume/garment, remember each
pattern piece is like a piece of a puzzle, and the puzzle pieces don't
always fit together nicely on a particular width.
When I am figuring yardage for an unusual width, I mark and lay out on a big
work table or on the floor, the width of the proposed fabric, and then
proceed to lay out the pattern pieces within this width - making sure grain
and nap is accounted for, etc.
The quick and easy (but not cheap) way to do it is to get a pattern software
that will generate your own patterns and calculate the layout and yardage
for you. I think livingsoft.com is one of them. I can't personally
recommend this because I do things by hand, but that is another possibility
to look at. A lot of people seem to like this software for garments - you
would have to look at it to see if it would work for your project(s).
The professional designers and dressmakers I know always buy extra fabric to
account for possible mistakes, and figure it into the cost for the customer.
But since I am not clear on what is your final product or goal, I may not be
... and pardon me, I have not posted here before, I am the owner of
eQuilter.com - also Bernina Fashion Show designer and a few other things....
good luck Rae!
from Luana Rubin
> Subject: Calculating Fabric Yardage Amounts
> I have now spent hours looking and cannot find an answer. Does
> anyone know of a place I can find a quick fabric calculator?
> Basically, same that tells me if I need one piece of material that
> are 45" x 90" and two pieces that are 24" x 20" that I need x number
> of yards of material.
> I know, I know, its all about inches into feet and feet into yards
> and so many inches equal so many yards. I should be able to do the
> math but my math skills are horrible and I've never been good at
> figuring this out. No matter how carefully I calculate, I always
> end up being four inches short (when I got last material on the
> bolt) or two feet too much (when the material is $25/yard). It just
> seems like in this day and age there is some quick formula or chart
> that lets me feet in my width by my height and tells me I need so
> many yards of 36 wide and so many yards of 60 wide.
> Help, please!