Cissie asked me this question today:
“When you just have to have a certain piece of fabric but have no idea of what you might want to do with it, how much do you recommend buying? I used to buy 2 yards but can’t tell you how often the perfect pattern comes along and requires a bit more. So now I’m thinking that 3 yards might be best. Any advice?”
My rule of thumb is, if it’s a fabric that I’d use for a dress, jacket, skirt or pants, I buy 3 yards of 60 inch wide fabric, 4 yards if it is 45 inches wide. That way I have enough for a long sleeved dress or a jacket/skirt or jacket/pants combination. If it’s a shirt or top weight fabric, I buy 2 yards. That gives me enough for a long sleeved top.
Thanks for that question, Cissie!
HTH, and Happy Sewing!