Why yards not metres??
Lots of people ask me why I sell my fabrics by the yard and not by the metre if I'm in Australia - which I am. Ok the reason is this...when I find a piece of fabric it is usually in a dress length of about 276cm - 368cm or very close to it. So that when it's divided up by a yard it works out beautifully, because that's how it was originally bought, and how the design was originally meant. If I was to divide it by metres or half metres I'd end up with a short bit left over and possibly the design cut in half. I find it more reliable to stick with the original size. After the 70s, when people were used to metric, things change and fabric is found in metres, though there are occasions when it's clear that the fabric was still in yards.
Oh and by the way, I don't actually cut the fabric up until it's sold AND many fabrics here are for sale by the original dress lengths.
Thanks for asking!