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Thread: When looking at fabric requirements on a pattern -

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    When looking at fabric requirements on a pattern -

    Do you:

    buy exactly the amounts listed
    buy less than listed/suggested because you think the pattern maker was being generous
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    more, because you want to allow for shrinkage and mistakes?

    As far as that goes, have you found some patterns to be very close in their requirements? or are some generous? some skimpy?

    I tend to buy "extra" when it's available - because I wash before cutting, make mistakes, and change my mind.

    Do you take the pattern at "face value" - or do you open it up and do your own calculations for the amounts needed?

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    I always buy more because I don't trust myself to not mess up! Usually about 1/4 -1/2 yard of each fabric listed, unless it's a small amount, as in 1/4 yard small print, might be 3/8.

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    Me, I always buy more. I figure I might make a mistake, and I usually do some where while trying to be sooo careful. I'd be really upset if I didn't have enough to finish or couldn't find anymore of the fabric. lol
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    "take a pattern at face value"?????? lol lol lol I have trust issues, never would I ever believe w/o getting my graph paper, pencil and doing some math.
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    I always buy 1/4 of a yard more. I do go over the recommended amount and almost always it is right on, little to spare. I save myself huge amounts of anxiety by buying a little extra.

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    I always buy More...........depending upon my mood as to how much More. LOL
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    I haven't bought any fabric since 12/2017, (trying to use up stash) but when I did, I always bought more! Sometimes a lot more if I really liked it. (That's why I have such a huge stash.)

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    I always buy more. Some of my loves I would buy 4-6 yds.
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    for clothing - there was a time I could get a good estimate by looking at the pattern - but that was ages ago. Most often buying extra or less depended on the fabric choice. Something that was directional or would require matching often needed more.

    I did custom garment sewing as my first career - near 40 years ago now (my how time flies!)

    As far as quilts - I rarely use patterns so end up having to figure my own yardage most times. I guess that is why I prefer scrappy, I don't have to worry about messing up!

    Most of my recent fabric purchases were for stash, so buying several yards was the norm.
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    Same here, and sometimes it's a whole lot more

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    I'm in the always buy more column. Mistakes happen--often.
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    I round up and purchase more. It sure makes those cutting mistakes easier. Because of this, I usually have something odd left over and I gave myself permission to give the extra away at the free table at Guild. I made the quilt I intended. No need to try to make placemats or some other small item to finish up the fabric line. I have changed my tactics. Now instead of purchasing a precut and 2 yards, I now purchase a precut and two one yard coordinates for either border or adding more blocks.

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    I don't buy fabric for a pattern. I buy fabric I love and then use it in something. It always works out for me. If I did though, I would buy more than needed just in case I make a mistake.

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    Unfortunately I usually don’t look at the requirements and get started guesstimating with my own fabrics. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. I seem to never learn.
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    If buying for a pattern I usually will buy at least 1/4 yd more than shown. Like others I make mistakes and like having a little extra.

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    I think it depends on the pattern style and you. If you are short and the pattern is a dress or pants, you will probably need less. If taller, then you will need more for length. Some patterns need to be cut in a certain way and therefore require a certain length/width and will leave waste and there is little you can do about it if you want to keep the drape. But, if you do much apparel sewing, I would always recommend to take the instructions out of the package and take a look at their layout before deciding how much fabric to purchase. A little tip - I often take my scraps/extra and make a small bag (or line a bag) to match the outfit. Especially with dresses for my daughters. It gives a nice little finishing touch and they always need a place for their phone and keys.

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    I must be one of the odd balls...I usually purchase just what the pattern says I need. Not that I do many quilts by a pattern but my experience has been that I’ve always ended up with extra fabric. I have a small stash and like it that way.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I pick a design and then shop from my stash. I always figure out yardage on my own. I buy (way too much) fabric and add it to stash. I seldom know how I'm going to use it.

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    Buy More!!!! And if I really like the fabric I might just buy even more. That’s how a stash is created and grows! Honestly, I never trust a pattern (or me!).

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    I figure their fabric requirements are just basic amounts and since I normally go thru my fabric stash I know I can alter using 2 or more fabrics for their one. Plus I seem to take their pattern into EQ8 and draw it up using the fabric I've chosen from my stash to see if it looks okay. The program also gives me a round-about figure for fabrics too.

    I rarely buy fabrics for a projects, more like I buy fabric cause it talked to me and then find a pattern to fit the amount of fabric I have.
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    I always buy more.

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    I always buy more. I never know if I run short and that particular fabric is no longer available I would be crying big tears!! If I have a lot left over, I just piece my backing with the leftovers.

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    I always buy more in case I make a mistake and it makes me feel more secure.

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    I usually shop from my stash because I love to buy fabric when I see ones i like. Even if I buy fabric for a specific quilt I have many times decided I don’t really want to do that one so it goes into my stash. I know I have way to much fabric in many people’s minds but I really enjoy it.
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    I'm with Silly Susan; if I really like it I'll get quite a bit more. But I'm with the rest a little more can't hurt - just in case.

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