Fabric Conversion Chart – Pattern envelopes don’t have space to include ALL fabric widths

Fabric Conversion Chart – Pattern envelopes don’t have space to include ALL fabric widths

FABRIC CONVERSION CHART

Because space on the pattern envelope does not permit the inclusion of ALL fabric widths, those listed are for the fabric types most suited to the design.  If you plan to purchase fabric in a width that is not included, consult the conversion chart below for the approximate amount needed.  (You might want to make a photocopy of this conversion chart to carry in your purse to have handy when you purchase fabric.)  Fabric requirements are carefully calculated by experts to be economical yet adequate.  Except when allowance must be made for special fabric, such as a plaid, or for involved alterations, there is no need to buy more than is specified.

FABRIC WIDTH

  35-36” 39” 41” 44-45” 50” 52-54” 58-60” 66”
                 
  1 ¾ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 3/8 1 ¼ 1 1/8 1 7/8
  2 1 ¾ 1 ¾ 1 5/8 1 ½ 1 3/8 1 ¼ 1 1/8
2 ¼ 2 2 1 ¾ 1 5/8 1 ½ 1 3/8 1 ¼
A 2 ½ 2 ¼ 2 ¼ 2 1/8 1 ¾ 1 ¾ 1 5/8 1 ½
R 2 7/8 2 ½ 2 ½  2 ¼ 2 1 7/8 1 ¾ 1 5/8
D 3 1/8 2 ¾ 2 ¾ 2 ½ 2 ¼ 2 1 7/8 1 ¾
A 3 3/8 3 2 7/8 2 ¾ 2 3/8 2 ¼ 2 1 7/8
G 3 ¾ 3 ¼ 3 1/8 2 7/8 2 5/8 2 3/8 2 ¼ 2 1/8
E 4 ¼ 3 ½ 3 3/8 3 1/8 2 ¾ 2 5/8 2 3/8 2 ¼
  4 ½ 3 ¾ 3 5/8 3 3/8 3 2 ¾ 2 5/8 2 ½
  4 ¾ 4 3 7/8 3 5/8 3 ¼ 2 7/8 2 ¾ 2 5/8
  5 4 ¼ 4 1/8 3 7/8 3 3/8 3 1/8 2 7/8 2 ¾
                 

Add additional ¼ yard for: large difference in fabric widths, one-directional fabrics, or styles with sleeves cut in one piece with the body of the garment.

EXAMPLE: If you found some very nice fabric that you want to use for a specific pattern – the fabric is 60” wide and the pattern yardages only go up to 45” wide on the pattern package, you could be purchasing too much fabric unless you consult this conversion chart.  If the pattern package says you need 1 ¾ yards of 36” wide fabric you can readily see that if you have 60” wide fabric, you’d need only 1 yard.

We suggest that you print this page, laminate the conversion chart, and stick it in your purse so you’ll have it handy whenever you’re at a fabric shop.