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« on: October 20, 2011 12:25:32 PM »

This may be a rather elementary question, and I apologise if the answer is already available on the boards.
I'm looking to make fleecey pants and a hoody for my 4yo. I can make basic patterns from clothes that fit him well and newspaper, but how do I work out how much fabric to buy? He's big for his age (the shirt he's wearing now is age 5-6, the pants are 5T and a bit on the snug side...).
I'm definitely a novice as far as sewing is concerned. I have buckets of enthusiasm but it's often a colossal disaster because of I mess up the fundamentals. As the hoody and pants are hopefully going to be part of his halloween costume I really dont want to incur the wrath of the fail whale...
Thank you!

« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011 01:21:55 PM »

If you are going to buy fabric from the store, it usually comes in 40 in wide or 60 in wide and is cut by the yard, which is 36 inches. If you don't have a pattern telling you on the back how much yardage to buy, you can either guess based on those measures (I used to have a yard of cheap muslin or felt that I would hold up to myself and approximate based on) or you can look online for a similar pattern and see how much it calls for.

For example, here's a simplicity pattern for some toddler pants: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1817-toddler-separates.aspx If you look on the back, the biggest size (4T) calls for 1 and a half yards of fabric for the pants. But simplicity has a whole line of costume and kids patterns you can look at to find something similar to what you want and base your yardage off of.

Hope that helps! Nowadays I know my basic patterns and my own measurements so well I can just guess how many yards I need from my head!  Wink

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