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Amount of Fabric Needed for Suit and Pants

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

  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    But there are more than one standard widths. Most suitings will be 60" or 150 cm wide. Some speciality tweeds and linens will be 30" wide or 75 cm.

    True- good clarification.
     
  2. calvinloke

    calvinloke Senior member

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    I'm around 5 feet 4. Fairly skinny. Around 110lbs. Would 3.5 yards be enough for a 2-piece?
     
  3. pabloj

    pabloj Senior member

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    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.
     
  4. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    I'm around 5 feet 4. Fairly skinny. Around 110lbs. Would 3.5 yards be enough for a 2-piece?

    More than enough.
     
  5. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    Or are you buying before even having chosen the tailor? I would advise against this.
    Why?
     
  6. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why?

    you want to work with your tailor,not at cross purposes.
     
  7. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    But there are more than one standard widths. Most suitings will be 60" or 150 cm wide. Some speciality tweeds and linens will be 30" wide or 75 cm.

    When it is 30" wide it is called single width and you need to double the yardage. If you buy four yards at 60" wide you need 8 yards of 30" single width goods.

    Some silks are woven in single width.
     
  8. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm around 5 feet 4. Fairly skinny. Around 110lbs. Would 3.5 yards be enough for a 2-piece?

    That is enough for a 3 piece.
     
  9. kngrimm

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    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:

    "Dear Cecil:

    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

    Cecil replies:

    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?"

    — Cecil Adams"

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...ole-nine-yards
     
  10. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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    How much fabric does it take to make a 3/4 coat?
     
  11. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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  12. Wallcloud

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    To add another question to all the shenanigans in here, where does one purchase cloth online? I have been interested in doing this for some time and I havent the foggiest where to start.
     
  13. HitMan009

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    I have an interesting question, What can one do with 2.2 metres of cloth? Be creative and serious!

    Thanks
     
  14. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    I have an interesting question, What can one do with 2.2 metres of cloth? Be creative and serious!

    Thanks


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    - B
     
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  15. George

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    I have an interesting question, What can one do with 2.2 metres of cloth? Be creative and serious! Thanks
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  16. Redwoood

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    Ravis tailor has a very comprehensive chart of their length requirements for CMT.
    Since they deal with you at arms length, and I don't presume their tailors are extremely skilled, this should even have some safety margins built-in.

    http://www.ravistailor.com/cmt_instr...uest=CMT#chart
     
  17. Insight

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    Is it just me, or did Vox just get schooled by George?

    And at his preferred meme of snarky internet picture, no less.
     
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  18. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    4 yards for a 2 piece suit with pleated trousers. Just ordered the fabric from a tailor
     
  19. HitMan009

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    Is it possible to get a pair of pants made with 1 metre when for a 30" inseam?
     
  20. RonnieAloha

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    How much fabric for a CMT, two-piece suit in Hong Kong? I'm 6'5" with a 35" inseam.

    And any suggestions on where to get Harrison's fabric in Hong Kong?
     

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