It’s pretty much the same as using one of the fabric yardage tables on the back of a pattern envelope. You find the row that represents your size and the column that has the width of the fabric you want to buy and look at their intersection in the table.

The big difference between this table and the table on the back of a pattern envelope is that here you will find 3 numbers - labeled Minimum, Average and Maximum. They are just what they sound like. The minimum is the smallest amount of fabric that was called for by any of the hundreds of patterns that were used to build this table. The maximum is the largest amount of fabric that was called for by any of those patterns. And the average is the average amount of fabric.

The sketches on the back are designed to help you visualize just what types of outfits called for those minimum, average and maximum amounts of fabric. Look for tradeoffs between length and fullness. The dotted lines represent shoulders, waist, hips & knees.

So, imagine as best as you can the type of garment you would like to make with that beautiful fabric, see how it compares to the sketches, and then use the numbers in the table to estimate how much fabric you should buy!

You can watch the video if you would like more explanation and an example.

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Remember that an average is a number that is pretty much in the middle of a group of a numbers. That means that if you buy the amount of fabric listed in the table as the average, you will have enough fabric to make approximately half of the patterns out there.

So, if you are not sure exactly what style of garment you want to make, you may want to buy a little bit more fabric than the amount listed in the table as the average… But, you’re probably wondering, how much more?

That’s where the Safety Margin Table comes in. This table helps you decide how much more by showing you the safety margins that you get by adding different amounts of fabric to the average.

You start by consulting the main table, with your size and fabric width, and finding the average amount of fabric. Then you look at the Safety Margin Table. It tells you, for several different amounts of add-on to the average, approximately what percentage of the patterns out there can be made with that new amount of fabric.

For example: If the Safety Margin Table has the value 67% under the +¼ yard heading, that means that adding ¼ of a yard to your average will set you up with enough fabric to sew approximately 67% of the hundreds of patterns that were used to make this table.

Does 67% seem a bit low? Look under the +½ yard column and you might see that adding ½ yard to your average will set you up with enough fabric to sew approximately 85% of the hundreds of patterns that were used to make this table.

The cool thing about this table is that it allows you to pick the size of the safety margin that makes YOU feel comfortable!

Please note that each type of garment (skirt, pants, etc.) has a separate Safety Margin Table. Those tables are NOT interchangeable.

You can watch the video if you would like more explanation and an example.

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When we started this project, we did not realize how many different sizing systems are used on pattern envelopes and in pattern magazines around the world. We are working on a long-term solution for the cards. In the meantime, you can find body measurements associated with the different sizes on the cards on the SIZING page of this website. We hope that helps!

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It was a lot of work – but it was pretty straightforward. We collected those tables that tell you how much fabric to buy from the backs of patterns – lots and lots (and lots!) of patterns! After we exhausted our pattern collections, we turned to the internet. There are many sites that will allow you to print the “back of the envelope” information for the patterns that they sell.

We set up five big spreadsheets and entered the fabric requirements for all of those patterns of each type (skirts, pants, jackets, dresses and tops). We kept the numbers broken down by clothing size and by fabric width.

There were a few simple formulas to find the minimums, maximums and averages for each column in the spreadsheet. Another formula converted yards to meters.

We rounded numbers up to the nearest 1/8th of a yard (or .05 of a meter). We used a statistical test to make sure that the averages were stable.

Finally, a few more formulas to come up with the Safety Margin tables, and Voila!

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Our original plan called for 5 sets and with the roll out of our children’s set this December, we are planning to turn our attention to other goals, such as creating an app, in 2012. However, we would love to hear from you if there are other sets or cards that you would like to see!

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It depends on the number of substantive cards in the set. For example, the Men’s Clothes card set only has 4 substantive cards - tops, pants, jackets and nightwear. The Baby and Toddler Clothes card set has 7 substantive cards - one for all baby clothes and one each for toddler tops, pants, jackets, nightwear, dresses and skirts. The price is $3 per substantive card in the set. There is no charge for the title card or the body measurement card.

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Contact us. Due to imperfections in the printing process, we have some leftover cards that do not have a complete set to join - so we may have the one that you are interested in. Individual cards will be $3 each.

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Good news - the cards are available in an electronic format now for use with a PDF eReader on your iPhone, iPad, smart phone or other tablet. And we are still investigating the possibility of developing an app with even more functionality. If you have thoughts and/or experience in this area we would love to hear from you.

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An eBook is a PDF version of a card set that can be opened in any PDF reader on any device - computer, tablet, smart phone, etc. If you do not already have one, there are many free PDF readers available. If you order an eBook you will receive an automatically generated email with a link to your download almost immediately after submitting your order. Remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not see it in your inbox.

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No, you do not need to have a Paypal account. The order page will take you to the Paypal website, but it will allow you to use a credit card without opening a Paypal account. We are using the Paypal website because their internet security is much better than anything that we could build ourselves. However, if you are not comfortable with this, contact us and we can make other payment arrangements. But NEVER put your credit card number in an email message!

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We ship domestically and internationally through the United States Postal Service. We charge only the exact shipment cost - there are no additional handling fees. If your actual postage cost turns out to be less than you were charged, you will be refunded the difference after your order has shipped. Your order will be shipped within 3 business days of your order date, as long as we have the sets in inventory. If they are back-ordered, you will be notified via email and have the option to cancel your order. Back-ordered products will ship within 3 weeks of the order date. Note that other shipping methods can be arranged - just email us with your request before placing an order.

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You may return your product, at any time and for any reason, and you will receive a full refund.

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Our privacy policy is simple. We will only collect the minimum amount of personal information about you that is necessary to conduct a business transaction. We will not share any of your information with anyone for any reason. We will contact you if we have information to share about the status of your order. In addition, if it is okay with you, we will email notifications if and when new sets become available.

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Gwyn hug is Gwen’s sewing label. She puts it in all the clothes that she sews for family and friends. It has two meanings. First, it means that her handmade clothes are like her hugs. Second, loosely translated from Welsh (Gwen’s ancestry), gwyn hug means a blessed cloak.

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All of our language translations have been done by volunteers in exchange for a set of the cards. If you would be interested in translating our 1.5 page English document into your native language for the website, please send us an email via the Contact page. Thanks!

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Yes, Klingon. While others might be satisfied with international sales, we are shooting for the stars - literally! Note that the Klingon version is a bit shorter and more direct than human dialects, as befitting their nature/culture.

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Well, sometimes, when I am very ’lucky’, our kitten Oliver takes time out of his busy day of sleeping, eating and tormenting the older cats, to ’help’ me package up the orders. This is his way of showing that your package passed his vigorous - oops, I mean Rigorous quality control test.

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