Finding fabric isn’t easy, especially when you’re looking for fabric that will bring your designs to life.
I honestly think that the hardest part about designing clothes is finding the fabric you want at an affordable price. As a fashion student, I’ve had to find swatches before so I’m pretty familiar with the whole process… but i never had to actually purchase the fabric before now.
For my Fashion Techniques class, our final presentation is to take a design from our heads to paper to, ultimately, a model who will walk in our clothes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gonna be so cool to see my design up on a model, but it’s a bit stressful. I’m nervous. I’m nervous because i don’t want to pick a garment that is too difficult to create or something that I wouldn’t want to wear. Sure, I’ve made clothes before, but I never made them for a grade, in a fashion show, to be judged by my peers and my friends.
Okay, maybe I’m just blowing this out of proportion, but can you blame me?
I don’t want to put my name on something that I won’t stand by twenty years from now and I don’t want my piece to be the ugliest one in the collection. Because I don’t want to fail, I dedicated my entire Saturday morning to picking out fabric samples in the Garment District. I went to about ten stores and I STILL was unable to find the print that I wanted in my garment, so I’m probably going to have to make it. Do I mind? Not really, but I wish that I was able to find the it because that would not only save me so much time but so much of my sanity, too.
But swatching fabrics is just the beginning. The next part is buying the fabric and sometimes even haggling it down to a much lower price so that you don’t have to break the bank for a couple yards for a silk blend. Once you get that down, it’s all about following instructions and slowly piecing together your garment.
Seeing my garment in front of me and touching it with my two hands is going to be worth all the blood, sweat, tears and money that I exhaust. To be able to make clothes that a person lives in is truly spectacular and I’m excited to be a part of that phenomena. I’ve wanted to design clothes since I was seven years old. It’s been fourteen years since that dream and it’s finally becoming a reality.
It will be worth it. I know it will.