How to Measure Fabric to Make a Toddler's Dress - MakeSureHow
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Sew a cute dress for your toddler that you'll both love.


Love to sew? Sewing clothes for children can be enjoyable and save you money, especially if you are able to purchase discounted fabrics during end-of-season sales when bargains are usually easier to find. Manufactures' patterns usually state the required amount of fabric needed to complete an outfit, however, you might decide to stock up on fabric before you have selected a pattern. It will be necessary to measure the amount of fabric needed to ensure that you purchase a sufficient amount to make a toddler's dress. Fortunately, this isn't difficult to do.

Steps

  1. 1
    Lay the ready-made dress on a flat working surface. Smooth out any folds or wrinkles.
  2. 2
    Place the end of your measuring tape at the hem edge of the dress. Unfold the tape until it is even with the top of one of the shoulders on the dress. Record this measurement.
  3. 3
    Add 1/2 inch to the measurement recorded in step 2 for the shoulder seam allowance. Add another inch or 1 1/2 inches for the bottom hem. Record this new measurement for the required length.
  4. 4
    Spread the bottom of the skirt open as wide as possible. Place the end of the measuring tape on one of the side seams and unfold the tape along the bottom width of the hem to the opposite side seam. Record this measurement.
  5. 5
    Add one inch to the measurement recorded in step 4 for the two side seam allowances. Record this new measurement for the required width.
  6. 6
    Note which is larger -- the length or width needed.
  7. 7
    Note that these length and width measurements recorded in steps 3 and 5, represent the rectangular shape of fabric needed for only one half of the dress.
  8. 8
    Examine the bolt of fabric you wish to purchase. Read the label on the end of the bolt to determine the width of the fabric and to see if it is folded into double thickness on the bolt. This will be taken into account when measuring the fabric needed.
  9. 9
    Compare the width of the fabric on the bolt to verify that it is sufficient for the larger measurement determined in step 6. Cotton fabrics frequently come in widths of 45 inches, which will usually be greater than your larger measurement determined in step 6.
  10. 10
    Lay a measuring tape along the horizontal edge of the table where you will be measuring the fabric.
  11. 11
    Lay the bolt of fabric on a flat table with the end of the bolt even with the horizontal edge of the table next to the measuring tape. Keep the fabric bolt perpendicular to the edge of the table and the measuring tape.
  12. 12
    Align the cut edge of fabric on the bolt with the adjacent edge of the table. Unwind the fabric from the bolt with one hand, while holding the cut edge of the fabric in place with your other hand.
  13. 13
    Continue to unwind the fabric from the bolt until the length of fabric matches your smaller measurement taken in steps 3 and 5, if the fabric is folded in double, and if the width of the fabric is sufficient for your larger measurement.
  14. 14
    If the fabric is not folded on the bolt, continue to unwind the fabric until the length of fabric measures double the length or width measurement in steps 3 and 5.
  15. 15
    If the width of the fabric on the bolt is not sufficient for the larger measurement determined in step 6, continue to unwind the fabric until you have enough for this larger measurement. Use the width of the fabric on the bolt for your smaller measurement.
  16. 16
    Unwind an additional 3 or 4 inches from the bolt before you cut the length of fabric to allow for error.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Ready-made toddler dress that fits well
  • Flat work surface
  • Pen and paper

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Categories: Education and Communications

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