Tartan Fabric General Information
Double Width (DW) or Single Width (SW)
All tartan fabrics are Double Width as standard unless specified as Single Width.
What is a Double Width and Single Width tartan? This relates to the standard width of fabric used to make a kilt (which also fits in with weaving machine standard sizes in general).
- A Single Width kilt length is wide enough for the kilt length from navel to knee to be made in one piece and results in the yardage required being the full length of the kilt wrap round. The standard width of a SW tartan fabric is normally between 70 cm and 80 cm (27" and 31") and an 8 yard kilt requires 8 yards of SW fabric (7.40 metres)
- A Double Width kilt length is wide enough for the kilt length from navel to knee to be made by using two lengths of only a 1/2 width of fabric with a hidden fabric join, and results in the double width yardage required being only half the full length of the kilt wrap round. The standard width of a DW tartan fabric is normally between 140 cm and 160 cm (54" and 62") and an 8 yard kilt therfore requires 4 yards of DW fabric (3.70 metres)
Fabric Quantities - Bulk Quantity Discount; Minimum Quantity; Ordering Part of a Metre
Bulk Quantity Discount
Ordering Part of a Metre
You can order parts of a metre, i.e. a decimal quantity to 2 decimal places; as follows - .10,.20, .25 ,.30,.40, .50 ,.60,.70, .75, .80,.90 only.
Tartan Material Pattern Repeat
You will need to know the pattern repeat for calculating the tartan fabric quantity required for tartan curtains, tartan upholstery, etc.
This is the distance from one line on the pattern to the next repeated line. The repeat measurement along the length (i.e. the cut length) and across the width of the fabric can vary, although most tartan fabrics are similar if not the same.