cut (one's) cloth

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cut (one's) cloth

To act in accordance with one's limitations, often financial. Primarily heard in UK. You'll go bankrupt if you don't start cutting your cloth.
See also: cloth, cut

cut your cloth

mainly BRITISH
If you cut your cloth according to your situation, you limit what you do to take account of the resources you have. Ford would be forced to cut its cloth according to the demands of the market. The Government would have to cut its cloth and eliminate programmes which were not used. Note: You can also say that you cut your coat according to your cloth, with the same meaning. Organisations which are supported by the taxpayer must cut their coats according to their cloth.
See also: cloth, cut
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Other important machines used by the fashion garment industry are the over-locking machines, which is used to trim and over lock the edges of cut cloth.
The Railway Shall Provide Cut Cloth In Appropriate Size.
RaceBets cut Cloth Of Stars to 9-1 from 25s to emulate Fabre's Pour Moi who took the 1m 2f contest en route to winning the Blue Riband in 2011.
His compromise was to cut cloth from his old suit and stick it in the pocket of his new one.
Like all aspects of life at the moment, supporters understand the need to cut cloth.
To make each work, Cooper first tacks a base fabric across stretcher bars and then shapes her compositions by adhering bits of carefully cut cloth to the surface with glue.
We've never had an overdraft or debt since we set up so always cut cloth accordingly, which is good place to be.
Palestinian subcontractors are usually delivered the cut cloth.
cut cloth ( dress) So wish me luck in my ever-more desperate attempt to look gorgeous, because the one thing that's definitely NOT happening, come that evening, is for anyone to see me, then to think of the word "Michelin", and automatically suffix it - but not with the word "star".
Once the cut cloth is opened up, it is placed on contrasting colored fabric and sewn, or appliqued, down with tiny, near invisible stitches.
Scissors used to cut cloth require that you finish with a fine stone.
The Asian technique of using uncut or minimally cut cloth exemplified in the kimono can be seen in contrast to the Western tailoring tradition that has its antecedents in the Middle Ages and was refined in the 18th century.
Don't use your fishing knife to cut cloth for a bandage; it is unsanitary and gross.
I learned to cut cloth precisely after destroying twenty meters of fabric.