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Amount of Fabric Needed for Suit and Pants

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by usctrojan55, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. usctrojan55

    usctrojan55 Well-Known Member

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    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?

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  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     


  3. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    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?
     


  4. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     


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    Fishball Senior member

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    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.
     


  6. usctrojan55

    usctrojan55 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much for the replies!
     


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    babygreenspots Senior member

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    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.
     


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    gsugsu Senior member

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    for conversion between imperial and metric, 1 metre equals 1.08 yards
     


  9. FrankDrebben

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    Isn't that where the saying, "The Whole Nine Yards" came from?
     


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    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?
     


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    garmentmerchant Senior member

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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"
     


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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?
     


  13. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    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?
     


  14. Manton

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    Unless you are just really huge, or your tailor really has a problem cutting, five yards can make a three piece suit for anyone.
     


  15. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    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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