So I pulled it out to measure the width i would need for this chemise i am currently making. The width of the fabric in the above chemise is 36 inches. I recently made a blue chemise 45 inches wide, and I decided it was too much fabric and i need to take it in.
For Details on how much fabric and what kind of fabric you need to buy please see Tuesdays blog by following this link ~~~> chemise-sew-along
In a nutshell you will need approx. 5 yards, woven, solid jewel tone fabric.
So for sizes Medium thru X-large I recommend to cut the width of your fabric to 36 inches.
For Xtra Small - Medium, cut your width 30-33 inches
for XX Large use 38-40 inch width,
this is the formula for you (or you can just use my recommendations above)
A = your largest measurement around yourself or the person you are making the chemise for, Usually hips or bust.
(A + 1/2 of A ) divided by 2 + 2 inches
so if my hip measurement is 50
50 + 25 = 75
75 divided by 2 = 37.5 or 38 +2 I would need to 40 of width for the front
and another 40 inches of width for the back.
Or my friend Kari would just use the width of the fabric before her, she would say that more is better because back in the day more fabric means you could afford it.
|I am fortunate that i have 12 inch tiles on my floor, it makes approximate measuring easy.|
So simply my chemise body pieces each measure 60 X 40. There would be 2 of these.
|After cutting the body fabric, the remainder will be your sleeve fabric.|
So my 2 sleeves are 40 inches wide and 30 inches long.
|My cat thinks I putt the fabric on the floor for her. :-)|
|Kitchen Fairy decided to help with the sewing process!|