This might seem a silly question, but please bear with me.... I'm still a novice at this!
When you see a fabric you just love, but you don't have a specific pattern in mind for, how many metres should you buy? Do you do this and if so do you have a sort of rule in your mind for each width fabric or do you just but a certain amount and hope for the best?
Thanks for your thoughts x
I am a fabric acholic.ha.. I can't resist fabrics. Everywhere I go, I look at it. and if there is a sale, I just
cant pass it by.
I look at the fabric and just know I have to have it.Most of the time, I dont have a specific pattern in mind, But
I know if it is atype of dress /skirt/ blouse fabric....So, I get the usual amount for that particular garment.. sometimes I end up with not enough for a garment I decide on , or either too much.. either way.. I still have this wonderful fabric that I couldnt pass up..So, I will decide on another pattern that the fabric will go with..
I never throw away my left over yardages.. sometimes I find they can be added with another fabric to make something really cute..
Happy Sewing. Judy
I buy 2 metres if it's a wider width (!?) as in I got a call from my friend just yesterday and she was like 'There's an awesome remnant you'd like at this shop, how much is a good amount though?' and I was like '2 metres' that's a safe bet for me.
However, I'm not an impulse buyer, since I don't shop in shops. I am a thrift store impulse buyer, and 1 metre by 1 metre is te smallest remnant I'd pick up from the op shop. I don't do patchwork and don't have time or space to buy small pieces of nice fabrci.
HOWEVER AGAIN! I have bought tablecloths and tea towels to make cushions and smaller things out of... so it does depend on what the fabric is!
Thanks everyone for your much appreciated replies... food for thought at least! My stash is a bit low (like margueritedesigns) so I have the perfect excuse for shopping
I like the cards Deb Cameron suggested (but will have to contact them to see if they ship to England!) but it seems most of you buy a couple of yards for separates and 4ish for dresses. Makes sense.
I like Amanda's suggestion that you could keep a note of yardage for things you plan to make. I think I'll pick a few patterns I really like and get the material for them in the hope they match the next challenges!
I also have a bit of a charity shop habit Veronica, I got a great 70s sheet a couple of weeks ago that I'm dying to use!
Thanks again, now I need to start a discussion asking how you know which fabric will make a good dress / skirt / top!
Thanks Debbie - great idea, I don't have one but I have a hubbie who does ;0)