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Amount of Fabric Needed for Suit and Pants

post #1 of 74
Thread Starter 
I am going to purchase some fabric for a suit. I am 6 feet, average build. I have read I need appx. 4 meters for a suit. Is this correct? How much for odd pants? 1.5 meters?

Thanks
post #2 of 74
Four is way more than enough. A typical formula for an average sized man is 1.5 for pants, 2.5 for a jacket, 3.5 for a suit. Get four anyway just to be safe.
post #3 of 74
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Four is way more than enough. A typical formula for an average sized man is 1.5 for pants, 2.5 for a jacket, 3.5 for a suit. Get four anyway just to be safe.

I thought it was 4 yards?
post #4 of 74
Talk with your suit maker to be sure.

In yards you want 3 3/4 for a suit, 2 1/4 for jacket 1 3/4 to 2 yards for a trouser. In meters a bit less.

Better to have a bit more than too little cloth. Especially if you must cut the suit one way.

A tailor will use less cloth, a CTM house will require more cloth to be safe.
post #5 of 74
I will said HK tailors use much less cloth than their western brothers.
For 6 feet, 3.25m is enough for suit, if it doesn't have large pattern.
post #6 of 74
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for the replies!
post #7 of 74
I have suits made in solid fabrics with 3 meters and I am 6'1. I have had suits made with an extra pair of trousers using 3.8 meters.
post #8 of 74
for conversion between imperial and metric, 1 metre equals 1.08 yards
post #9 of 74
Isn't that where the saying, "The Whole Nine Yards" came from?
post #10 of 74
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
Talk with your suit maker to be sure.

In yards you want 3 3/4 for a suit, 2 1/4 for jacket 1 3/4 to 2 yards for a trouser. In meters a bit less.

Better to have a bit more than too little cloth. Especially if you must cut the suit one way.

A tailor will use less cloth, a CTM house will require more cloth to be safe.

How many yards or meters of fabric does a vest require, Chris?
post #11 of 74
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Isn't that where the saying, "The Whole Nine Yards" came from?

The saying came from wwII fighter pilots that had 9 yards of 50 cal ammuntion on a belt. When they unloaded on enemys they gave them "the whole nine yards"
post #12 of 74
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How many yards or meters of fabric does a vest require, Chris?
+1. And how many yards/meters does a DB jacket require too, if you don't mind?
post #13 of 74
What is a safe amount for a 3 piece suit, if the vest is to have enormous lapels as seen in pictures from Sator and, on occasion, Manton?
post #14 of 74
Unless you are just really huge, or your tailor really has a problem cutting, five yards can make a three piece suit for anyone.
post #15 of 74
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Originally Posted by FrankDrebben View Post
Isn't that where the saying, "The Whole Nine Yards" came from?

No, that came from the ammo strips in Vietnam era helicopter-mounted automatic rifles. One box contained a strip nine yards long.

At least, that is what a military guy told me once.
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