There is a good feeling that comes with having a delivery truck pull up with the expected fabric. The feeling tends to exceed the one feels after receiving a birthday gift or even a Christmas gift. If you have been purchasing fabrics, there are chances you have already made enough mistakes and made even more when you shifted to another designer. You would need to know of the most probable mistakes you can make as an emerging designer in your fabric sourcing.
It tends to be common for many people to figure out 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 unfortunate where you bought fabric without any specific plans for the fabric in question. It would be a bad idea to buy a fabric you feel that you may need it someday even when you do not have an immediate use for it at the moment. Apart from tying your cash, there are chances that you will also utilize space you would have utilized more constructively.
You would also need to avoid making assumptions that the sample yardage will automatically be the same dye lot as the production one. Even while matching fabrics tends to be essential, coordinating them tends to be as important. 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.
The quality of the roll is also an imperative aspect to consider about the fabric. You would need to make sure that you open one of the rolls and check it thoroughly for quality. Where possible, you can pay extra for the cutting house to unroll and reroll your yardage to avoid inconveniences that comes with having to return the fabric or even worse have problem doing so. 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. Surprisingly, there are high chances that you will search for 4 months or so without getting a given fabric where you get to the market with a given mentality. For you to get the best material for your customers, it is always good to go to the market with a free mind.