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Subject: Calculating Fabric Yardage Amounts

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  • Quilt Fairy
    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 -
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 2003
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      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
      making sense...?

      ... 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!

      best wishes,
      Luana

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      from Luana Rubin
      www.eQuilter.com
      www.luanarubin.com

      > 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!
      >
      > Rae
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