We recently posted about Gwen (After the Dress)‘s “How Much Fabric?” series. If you missed it, here’s the idea: Gwen has been compiling data from thousands of sewing patterns to create reference charts so that garment sewists can buy the right amount of fabric when they don’t a particular pattern in mind. She’s covered dresses, skirts, jackets, pants, and her latest installment — hooray! — is tops.
Of course you can download the charts for free on her blog, but Gwen has also had the entire series of women’s clothing charts printed onto sturdy plastic credit-card size cards and bound with a keyring for an easy and durable reference to carry around with you wherever you go. For these cards, even more pattern data was analyzed, and put through statistical analysis to ensure the averages were stable. Plus, illustrations represent examples of minimum, maximum and average clothes in each category.
The “How Much Fabric?” card sets are for sale on her new website, Gwynhug, for $14.95 + shipping. There is an American version with measurements in inches and yards (covering sizes 6-22), and a metric version (covering sizes 32-48). These would make fantastic gifts for the sewist in your life.
Gwen is offering up one free set to a lucky winner today. Just leave a comment with your answer to the question, “How do you decide how much fabric to buy when you don’t have a particular pattern in hand?” This giveaway is open worldwide and will end next Wednesday, September 23, around 9am Central U.S. time. Good luck and thanks for playing!