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Thread: Fabric Width Back in the Day

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    Super Member glenda5253's Avatar
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    I can remember as a girl shopping with Mom there was a mixture of 36" width fabric and 42-44" fabric. I remember the patterns even having the 36" width listed, but I don't remember anything less than that.

    Today while continuing to sort my mother's stash I ran across a pretty red calico and was surprised to find it was 32" width - definitely a selvage on both ends.

    So what is the narrowest width you can remember?

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    I'd love to see that vintage piece!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D

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    28 inch!

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    I think it was 36. I remember patterns listing it also and my mom being mad that she bought too much fabric one time because she looked at the 36 and got the 42".

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    I remember when the standard width was 45". Now, 42 - 44" seems to be standard. I guess that's how money is saved by the manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    I can remember as a girl shopping with Mom there was a mixture of 36" width fabric and 42-44" fabric. I remember the patterns even having the 36" width listed, but I don't remember anything less than that.

    Today while continuing to sort my mother's stash I ran across a pretty red calico and was surprised to find it was 32" width - definitely a selvage on both ends.

    So what is the narrowest width you can remember?
    I remember that!! I also remember buying the wrong width and not having enough to finish the garment!!

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    I remember 36" width at the dry goods shop. I also remember the stack of feed sacks my grandma had to select from as well as the sheeting she would rip, it was always on the grain and never needed squaring.

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    28" .... I guess I'm showing my age!!!

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    I remember 36" and the big deal when they came out with 45".

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    Here is a picture of the red calico - 32 inch width. I just love it but I love calicos anyway. :thumbup:

    I have 25 inches of it plus some scraps.
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