Just beginning to start making clothes for myself. I am just ordering material for a basic A-line skirt size 12 skirt that comes to just below the knee would I get away with ordering 1 metre or safer ordering 2 metres? Also the material is cotton, should I buy lining material too? Many thanks for any help with this.
Are you working from a paper pattern? If so, it should tell you how much fabric you need on the back. One lot is usually in metres, and the other in feet and inches. Its also based on how wide the fabric is - so if its narrower, then you'll need more length.
I'm a little bigger than a size 12, but would think you may need a bit more than a metre, but less than 2.
Hopefully a decent seamstress will be along in a minute!
If you have an old sheet and no pattern, the best way to work out how much fabric you need is to make a sample skirt with the old sheet and you should be able to work out from that how much you need. Also the amount will be affected by the pattern as you have to watch for repeats or lines when you are cutting if you have a fussy fabric and that will usually up the quantity required.
Whether you need a lining depends largely on how heavy the cotton is. A lightweight cotton like a quilting fabric or something shirt weight would need a lining. Something approaching linen weight wouldn't. Colour is also a consideration. Lighter colours can be more see through so if you aren't sure from the weight, be guided by the colour.
Trumpton when you say 115cm = 1.5m do you mean that 115cm wide fabric will require 1.5m from the bolt? I am assuming that you don't mean that 115cm is equivalent to 1.5m. Sorry, I sound picky but it took me a minute of head scratching to get what you might mean and perhaps it might have been unclear to the OP (unlikely admittedly) and she saw the same ambiguity.