Friday, November 25, 2011

Gadgetmania Giveaway - The Original "How much Fabric?" cards

The Holiday Season has officially started, readers! And so the search for a perfect gift! So, today, as a part of Gadgetmania series, wonderful Gwen of is offerring Frabjous Couture readers all over the world a great holiday gift giveaway – The Original “How Much Fabric?” Reference Cards!

A beautiful fabric catches your eye and steals your heart – you must have some! But, how much should you buy? 
"Basically, I always used to way-overbuy fabric and I finally decided that I needed to put a stop to that," said Gwen, "so, with the help of a friend, I entered the fabric requirements tables from thousands of sewing patterns into spreadsheets and created these cards."  
These sturdy plastic reference cards – the perfect size to slip into your purse – summarize the fabric requirements of thousands of patterns with tables and images to help you buy just the right amount. There are tables showing the minimum, average and maximum fabric requirements for dresses, tops, skirts, pants and jackets – broken down by garment size and fabric width. 

The cards also include sketches that illustrate minimum, average and maximum garments, and “safety margin” tables to guide you in “rounding up” to be as safe as you want, without wastefully overbuying.

The following four sets are currently available in both American and metric versions:

Set 1: Women’s Clothes (6-22/Eur 32-48)
Set 2: Plus Sizes (18-32/Eur 44-58)
Set 3: Men’s Clothes (34-50/Eur 44-60)
Set 4: Babies and Toddlers (Newborn - 6)
Set 5: Children's Clothes (7-16)

Gwyn Hug is a small business built from the combined efforts of four sewing friends. 
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment by Friday, 12 December, answering the following question and stating your choice of the cards (Set 1, 2, 3 or 4).  
How do you decide how much fabric to buy, when you don’t have a pattern in hand?
Don't want to wait? You can order the cards directly from


  1. Wow, what a great giveaway! :)
    I'd love to win set 1. I usually order 3 metres of everything. This is because it's the most that the patterns I have call for. So I can choose from any pattern and be pretty sure I have enough. It would be nice to be a bit more accurate though :)
    Ashley x

  2. I'd also like to have set 1.
    I look at the fabric and consider what type of garment I would like to make from it. then I guess - usually about 2-3m, unless I want something very full or very long.

  3. Great giveaway! I generally buy 3 yards for a jacket (used to buy 2 but found I never had enough!!) 2 yards for pants or a dress. More yardage is added if the fabric is a narrower width the above usually works but I have been disappointed many time so the guide would be great to win!!! I would need Set 1 if I was the lucky winner.

  4. What an awesome idea! I have so much respect for people who see a way to improve things (cost, efficiency, sewing experience in general) and then go to the effort of making it happen for everyone. I have absolutely no system in place. Sometimes I'll buy for a project, based on the yardage reqts (but I usually need way less because I am short, short waisted and often make smaller size in the end with and FBA). Other times, if I like a fabric but I don't know what I'll use it on, I tend to get 2 meters. Thing is, I don't want to stash too much. But I have been in situations where I wish I'd had a bit more to make item X.

    Set 1 would be perfect for me! :-) Thanks for posting this giveaway.

  5. I also tend to overbuy especially when I don't have a specific project in mind! So it would be very useful for me

  6. Fabric I want to make purse or bags with, usually 1 yard. Clothes 3-5 yards.

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway, I would love set 1

  7. I tend to bring a bunch of patterns with me when I go fabric shopping, which is a bit cumbersome. Otherwise, I estimate 3 metres for a dress and 1.5 to 2 metres for a top or skirt, which is pretty generous.
    The cards are a great idea - I'd love set 1. :)

  8. Set 1
    I usually buy 2 or 3 metres

  9. Ooh, I'd love set 1! I've been thinking about getting a set for eons! I have to admit that my blackberry has a list of patterns and required yardage stored in it. If not I take a punt at 3 yards / metres as even if I'm over I can use the excess for bags / pouches etc. I know this will get me a dress and if I envisage a top I go for two metres so I can add / change sleeves, collars...

  10. I'd take a set 1. What I normally do is compare what I would like to do, what I've done in the past, and add a little bit extra just in case. Sometimes this works out great, and sometimes I end up with tiny little extra pieces that make me think I should learn to quilt...

  11. What a fun giveaway! I'm short, so I keep thinking I can get away with 2 yards for almost everything, but if I know for sure I'll need more, I tend to overbuy.

    One of my problems is an inherent ability to buy in half yard increments. I go from 2 to 3, when 2.5 would truly be enough. I'm trying to change that. I mean really, how many half yard left-over pieces can one stash handle???

  12. Inherent INability, I meant to say.....

  13. Oh, those cards seem extremely handy. I'll be crossing my fingers that my name gets picked from the hat for set #1. Thanks!

  14. I carry pictures of fabric requirements on my phone but if I really like a print, I'll take 4m,
    Put me in for no 1
    Thank you!

  15. Women's clothes metric! You'd have to remember to account for height which depends on fabric width and pattern layout. I have heaps of scraps lying around and need to figure out how and if I can incorporate them into a project.

  16. I have never seen such a card! I think this is very helpful if you don´t have the pattern with you.
    If I buy a fabric I have a look on different patterns in the shop and look for patterns which are similar to the outfit I will sew. Then I buy the measurements shown in this pattern and some centimeters more. (Set 1 is my choice)

  17. Count me in! I have a friend who has these and they are invaluable! To both my purse and my sewing space! I tend to buy 2.5 or 3 metres of everything but it tends to mean I have to make two garments to get rid of the fabric. Or I google it! x (no.1 Womens pleaseee)

  18. Oooh! Set one would be very handy. I often don't even know what I'm going to use a fabric for when I buy it so I just get 2-3 metres so I can use it for almost anything. When I do know though and have forgotten to bring my pattern I just look in the pattern books for something similar. I mostly sew vintage patterns, so sometimes this workts, and someimtes not~

  19. I discuss it with someone who work in the store. They usually know pretty well how much fabric that is needed. Or flip through one of the patterns books and look for a similar model.

    I would love to have set 2.

  20. I would love to win set #1! I don't always have a plan when I buy fabric so I tend to overbuy. Unless I know I'd like to make a dress, I typically buy 2 meters of fabric. If for some reason I find really narrow fabric (36" wide) which DOES happen...I'll buy at least 3m.

  21. I'd like set 1. I'm glad to hear so many other gals buy 3 metres at a time. I thought I was being ridculous -- well I am, but at least I'm not alone!

  22. I call it "strategic overbuying" because I'm one of the ones who will either cut the thing wrong, or love the fabric and wish I had more! Of course, now I'm drowning in a sea of fabric.
    I usually get 4-5 yards for a dress, 5-6 for a coat, and 1-3 for a corset. It's a guess based on reading too many pattern backs, and I tend to err on the side of "MOAR!"

  23. I must admit that I mostly wing it. And I always end up with too much. I buy two meters of most things for myself. I never make dresses or skirts so I'm lost there. :-)

    If I have good time, I go look in a pattern book for a similar pattern. But that doesn't change it much. :-) I'd like set 1, European.

  24. I worked in a factory that makes hand made suits and I always think 2 yards needed to make pants, and 3 1/2 to make a good suit, unless it's plaid. This keep me close in guestimation even for women's projects, adjusting for fabric width. It's not a precise science.

  25. I discuss it with shop assistant. But most of the time I buy fabric without knowing what exactly I'll use it for, so the cards would really come in handy. :) I'd love to have set 1.

  26. I usually go for 1.5 metres if I'm making a top, 2 metres for a skit or pants and 3 metres if I'm making a jacket. I always worry though that I'm not going to have enough so this set would be awesome to have. I'd like set 1 if I win :)

  27. Count me in for set 1 please!

  28. I always like to be on the safe side so I'll buy much more fabric than needed. I sometimes also consult with the shop assistant and we decide together.

    Count me in for set 1, pretty please.

  29. I'd love to win the Set 1!!
    Given that I'm a very tall girl, I normally need half a yard (or half a metre) more that a middle-sized woman. So this is my rule of thumb:
    1,5 metres for a t-shirt, a blouse or a knee-length skirt
    2 metres for a sleeveless dress or pants
    2 metres for jackets with sleeves
    2,5 metres for a dress with sleeves
    3 metres for a coat
    That should work!
    Thank you for this chance!

  30. Set 3: Men’s Clothes
    I get myself a Gwyn Hug "How much Fabric? Reference Cards and I know I'll have the right amount of fabric :-)



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