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how much fabric = one shirt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Matt, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    hi all

    Just curious, how many yards/metres of cotton does it take to make a dress shirt - say 15.5/33?

    thanks

    Matt
     
  2. KevinR

    KevinR Well-Known Member

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    You could email carl (shirtmaven). He sold me some fabric to make a shirt. I know in an old post Alex Kabbaz said for him around 3 yards. After i received the fabric and started laying it out(solid color by the way) I could do it in 2 yards. www.cego.com
     
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    Hi Matt-
    For a size 40R and thereabouts, 2 meters is plenty for shirt, spare collar & cuffs and maybe even a boxer, if the pattern is not large.
     
  4. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    36" fabric = 3+ yards
    45" fabric = 2 1/2 yards
    60" fabric = 2 yards

    Up to chest size 50"
     
  5. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    spinlps Well-Known Member

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    That appears to be boxed fabric from Ike Behar's CEO line. Basically, retailers would stock fairly unique boxes of fabric (now in plastic pouches). These boxes would include a selection form (neck / sleeve, collar, cuff, stitching, front placket, etc...) which the customer would return to Behar along with the fabric. The finished shirt usually arrived 4 - 6 weeks later. I'd ask the seller if the box and card are included with the fabric. If so, then I think it's a steal at that price. If the card is not included, then I'm not so sure... depends on if a local shirtmaker can make a shirt from your fabric within the original price range. FYI... the CEO program price has risen to $165/shirt. You might double check with Ike Behar if they'll honor the older $145 fabrics like this one.
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Decent looking royal oxford, but unless it's a really high thread count, I can't imagine that less than three yards could justify a sticker price of $145.

    Alex ...?
     
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    Wholesale that piece is worth maybe $20. Doesn't look European to me. I was wondering how they justfied the $145. Throw in basic RTW and it is a decent value.
     
  9. Matt

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    thanks guys, will definitely keep an eye on it....



    Alex, how does European fabric look? What differences would one look for to distinguish? Where would this be made instead?
     

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