We have some strong contenders, but the absolute perfect fabric still eludes us. Among the losers are fabrics at great price points but unattainable minimums, low-minimum fabrics that are literally run of the mill goods offering no added value or durability, amazing value-added fabrics that cost more than our production costs can bear, and a pretty spot-on fabric with spotty availability and limited runs.
So onward to this season's Fabric Shows! I'm not sure if it's because I had a better idea of what I was looking for this year or if there were better vendors, but I was thrilled to find quite a few new, attainable and appropriate options to consider. Ideally we'll find a fabric that can work for our dress and our pants, thereby helping us attain minimum yardage requirements and offer the possibility of a broader color range.[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800.0"] In theory, this pile of paper work will be sorted and filed by the time you read this post.[/caption]
Every show is a learning experience–at my first show I didn't realize most vendors will send you unlimited headers for free and I had no idea how huge some of the minimums would be (a lot of mills start at 15,000 meters–that's a lot of pants). This year I learned two tricks from spying on fellow show-goers. One, it's a good idea of have a swatch of something you already like to show reps and two, some reps will cut small swatches for you on the spot.
Some headers are already starting to arrive. Here's hoping our fabric is on its way!