Fabric Yardage: Getting It Just Right

April 28th, 2012 at 6:40 pm . Posted in Thoughts on Sewing .

Y = Yardage

When buying fabric for a sewing project, a seamstress wants to get just the right amount, including seam allowance. Figuring the correct yardage is a little like Goldilocks finding the bed that’s just right: Getting too much fabric isn’t terrible, but it does cost more; meanwhile, not getting enough fabric can be downright detrimental.

So I was thrilled when I found out the back of a sewing pattern shows the right amount of yardage needed for a project — broken down for different fabric widths and different sizes if necessary.

And like I’ve mentioned before, the pattern itself shows the most effective way to cut out the pieces to save on fabric — there’s as little wasted space as possible.

Gotta love a hobby that’s so user-friendly!

7 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Debbie
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I am extra, extra petite so I probably wouln’t need much yardage at all, but it is still a good idea to read the pattern back to be sure. Like you said, better safe than sorry.;)


    • Kelly
      Apr 29, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

      I’m very petite, too (I really had to shrink down that apron!), but at least we know we don’t have to get more fabric than the smallest size calls for. 🙂


  2. Katherine
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    It’s nice to have a guide, even if you’re teeny tiny like yourself. Besides, I can always make butter cup a dog collar out of the remnants, 🙂

    I can’t wait to finally make those PJ shorts we talked about, though I do need to get a pattern. You game for a sewing day?


    • Kelly
      Apr 30, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      Of course I’m game!


  3. Andy 1
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    The problem with too much yardage is you have lots of little (or big) scraps left over, and if you’re like me, you keep it just in case…. which never comes! Patterns are great for this, if they fit, but you can develop a good sense for how much you need for other projects, based on measuring.


    • Kelly
      Apr 30, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

      You’re right — I do keep all the scraps just in case!


  4. sharkbytes
    May 02, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Sewing is such a cool thing to do! I used to do it as my primary income, and I’m always tickled to find someone who likes to do it.


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