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How many yards of seersucker do I need for a suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lightsaber, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. lightsaber

    lightsaber Well-Known Member

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    The cloth seller is selling it at 44" by the yard. Also, do I need to double the cloth for seersucker? I heard something about that... but I don't know.

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Well-Known Member

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    A positive integer's worth.
     
  3. lightsaber

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    A positive integer's worth.

    I'm partly asking because I gather that 44" is a non-standard width for cloth...
     
  4. lightsaber

    lightsaber Well-Known Member

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    Seriously, no one can help? [​IMG]
     
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    For most people, four yards of 60" goods would be more than enough. So get six yards and that should be plenty.
     
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    Also, do I need to double the cloth for seersucker?

    Why on earth would that be the case? Unless maybe you wanted to self-line the whole jacket...
     
  8. lightsaber

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    Thanks Manton and niidawg.

    Why on earth would that be the case? Unless maybe you wanted to self-line the whole jacket...

    I don't know, some types of tweed need double the amount right? Something to do with the type of loom the cloth is made from? I just wanted to check that seersucker is not such a cloth... maybe it's a figment of my imagination, don't know where I might have heard it.
     
  9. Manton

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    Thanks Manton and niidawg.



    I don't know, some types of tweed need double the amount right? Something to do with the type of loom the cloth is made from? I just wanted to check that seersucker is not such a cloth... maybe it's a figment of my imagination, don't know where I might have heard it.


    You need more cloth if the fabric is made on a narrow loom. Typical width is 60". Many tweeds are made on 36" or 30" looms. I've never heard of seersucker made on 44" but if that's what it is, 6 yards is plenty. If you are short, you could maybe get away with 5. Best thing is to ask your tailor what he needs.
     
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    Hmm. According to that chart you need 3 yards of 60" cloth for a shirt if you're 6' tall and have a 40" chest. That's... a lot. I'd think two would be enough.

    I don't know too much about suiting cloth, but 44/45 is a pretty common width for shirtings. I'd be careful not to get something that's too light for a suit, even if it's seersucker. Where are you getting it from, if you don't mind my asking?
     
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    That's crazy. I am 6' 4" and I can get a shirt out of 2 yards, though my shirtmaker prefers 2.25 yards.
     

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