Posted by R. Berg on February 01, 2002
In Reply to: Fabric lengths posted by Bob on February 01, 2002
: : : : : : I have heard that a bolt of fabric is Nine yards in length.. So if you purchas the whole bolt, you take the Whole nine yards
: : : : I don't think so.
: : : Fabric sold at retail for home sewing comes on bolts that hold a lot more than that.
: : ::::Actually, I believe the proper origin does come from fabric measurement. In the old days, wealthy women who wanted fuller dresses asked for more fabric. However, this was a very expensive procedure, thus many women could not afford it. The wealthiest of them all would ask for "THE WHOLE NINE YARDS" of fabric. The end.
still the same old story,
The explanations hoary
Recur before my eye,
The world will always make up guesses
As time goes by.