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How to Buy the Right Wholesale Fabric for Your Clothing Line

March 27th, 2019 Nick of Time Textiles
Shopping for Fabrics for a Clothing Line

So you’ve got a clothing line? That’s great. Nevertheless, how about buying the right wholesale fabric for it? How do you know what to do when it comes to stuff like that?

There are some general tips you should take into account if you’re buying wholesale fabrics for your clothing line.

Continuity

First, you need continuity. That means that if you use a certain material in your collection to show a sample to a retailer, when that retailer orders that item it needs to be the same material you originally showed them! Too often amateurs will make, say, a shirt using cotton and show it off to clients. They love it. They want it. They place their orders. Then the clothing arrives and the shirts are… polyester? What?! Not good. If and when you’re buying wholesale fabric, make sure you buy enough of it that you can utilize it for quite some time. Nothing’s worse than running out of a certain fabric when you have orders to fulfill and then you ask and the dealer is like, “Sorry, we no longer have any of that in stock.” Yikes!

Shop With a Plan

Next, you need to be smart about what you buy. Oftentimes, amateurs make the mistake of buying a lot of fabrics and then storing them… but not using them! This is a travesty. What’s the point of buying fabric if you don’t use it? “But I liked the color!” some will say. Or “It looked so pretty, I just had to have it.” Yes, but it’s doing no good if it’s gathering dust in a closet or on a shelf. It’s best to order what you need when you need it. You should always have a “plan” for what you’re buying.

Coordinating Fabrics

Here’s something interesting: some amateurs assume sample yardage will be the same dye lot as production yardage. While you might want to match fabrics perfectly, that’s really hard to do– so, instead, concentrate your efforts on coordinating fabrics and you’ll have a lot less stress in your life.

Find a Reliable Fabric Vendor

Here’s something interesting: some amateurs assume sample yardage will be the same dye lot as production yardage. While you might want to match fabrics perfectly, that’s really hard to do– so, instead, concentrate your efforts on coordinating fabrics and you’ll have a lot less stress in your life.

Finally, don’t put all your focus on finding “the perfect fabric,” because you’ll just end up wasting a lot of time and effort. The perfect fabric does not exist! You think it does? It doesn’t. And that’s okay. Instead, go to fabric vendors and see what they have– check out what Nick of Time offers, for example. Design your collection around fabrics and trims that you know you can actually get (because large quantities are in stock) and, better yet, you can afford at this time. Nick of Time offers very affordable fabrics, so enjoy looking and choose wisely.




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