Sorry but I don't understand the reasoning behind this kind of questions, you'll be bringing this cloth to a tailor anyway, so why don't you ask him?
Or are you buying before even having chosen the tailor? I would advise against this.
Interesting. It seems this term, "the whole nine yards" is a bastard child : )
I once went to a "dress-up-medival-festival" with a girlfriend in southern california. No, I didn't dress up. Her friend mentioned that the term came from the nine yards of cloth needed to create the old-school wool/cloth kilt-overall-scottish-look.
I didn't even question it at that point because he told me the night before while drinking vodka... it was a no-brainer.
Anyway... here's a little food for thought. It someone can answer the question - please do:
No opinions, no made up stories about wedding veils, coal, suits, or brass tacks. Based on discussions with my grandfathers, both World War II veterans, and confirmed by several military sources, here is the definitive answer for where "the whole nine yards" came from. The whole nine yards refers to the length of one ammunition belt from a belly-gunner's machine gun. When a target was overly resilient and the gunner was forced to expend all his ammunition to bring it down, it was said to have taken the "whole nine yards." Also, when loading up for a mission that was going to be particularly dangerous, gunners would refer to bringing the "whole nine yards," as they would need quite a bit of ammunition to complete the mission safely. --Ian McDonald, New York
You're not dragging me into this one again. To quote Evan Morris, the Word Detective (www.word-detective.com): "'The whole nine yards' first cropped up in print in the mid-1960s. . . . Even if machine gun belts really were 27 feet long in WWII, why has the phrase 'the whole nine yards' not been found in a single published account of that very well-documented war?"