I'm just learning how to sew so that I can make my own clothing for historical reenactment. I am wondering how do I determine how much fabric I need before starting a project.

I know how to take my measurements and make patterns, but how do I determine the amount of fabric to buy? Everybody I ask seems to be able to tell me how much I would need for a certain item, but they cannot tell me how they get the estimation.

I don't know if it makes a difference, but I'm a dude.

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