Anytime one orders the right fabric, there is a good feeling that comes with it. One tends to feel better than he or she just received a Christmas gift or even a birthday gift. To people who have made enough mistakes, they have not only shifted to different designers but also felt the same about the new designers. There are some tips you need to have before you get on to sourcing for fabric from wholesalers.
The first mistake most people tend to make is failing to understand the need for continuity. Depending on how you sell your collection, it would be wise to source sample yardage first before getting back to the vendor with the intention of buying production yardage. There are instances when clients tend to identify you with a certain fabric and hence the need to make sure that you source from a seller who can ensure continuity. It would be unfortunate if you frustrated your customers shortly after they identified you with a certain fabric.
It would also be a wrong decision where you went for a given fabric hoping that you will have a use for it in future. It would not be a financially viable idea to buy a fabric when you are not very sure of the use. You would not only have tied your cash but would also have utilized your space and possible regret making the decisions.
You would also need to avoid making assumptions that the sample yardage will automatically be the same dye lot as the production one. One would not only need to coordinate the dyes but also to make sure that he or she matches them. You would need to make sure that the velvet burgundy you want for a bodice of dress and that chiffon dress match for your clients. You can only imagine how your truckload would sell fast and allow you to order for a production yardage.
You would also need to check fabric rolls for quality. It would also be essential to make sure that you conduct a quality survey especially for the first roles. You would not want to realize errors about 45 days later when the vendor may not be of much help or when it will only take longer. However, there are some online wholesale outlets that tend to be very keen on their public image and tends to make sure that they deliver the exact expectations of the client. It is always good to work backwards where you get to the online market and see what your vendor has on offer. One would need to work with the knowns as opposed to working with the unknowns towards getting what he or she wants.