Sourcing fabrics and trims is probably one of the best parts of having a fashion business. The thrill of shopping for different materials, colours, and textures is a feast for the senses.

Before you start scouting, make sure you already have your garments in mind. It can also work the other way around. If you want to be a good fashion designer, you should have an extensive knowledge on textiles. Your main goal is to sell multiple pieces in your collection so make sure that the materials you choose will be seen in at least four of your designs.


Get the right fabric and you’ll get the right design. Choosing a fabric for each of your garments is the most vital design decision you will make. The visual cohesiveness of your collection relies heavily on that. Don’t be afraid to match different fabrics. There are no fashion rules that cannot be broken so enjoy the creative process!

Some of the things you need to consider when choosing fabric include:

1) Cost – this will determine how much your piece will sell
2) How the fabric fits on a body – body hugging or loose (keep your target market in mind)
3) Colour and pattern – there should be harmony in your collection

You’ll most likely do some serious legwork to find the fabric stock that meets your budget and creative needs. Don’t worry, the hunt is where the fun begins!

Other Materials

To complete your garment you need trims and similar materials. These will make your piece easy to wear, dynamic in design, and more importantly, durable. This will range from buttons to zippers, snaps, and more.
Some of the raw materials you will be needing include:

● Elastics – rubber, knit, braided, or woven
● Buckles – for garments with belt
● Shoulder pads – usually for coats and blazers
Appliques and sequins – embellishments for plain pieces
● Adjusters – for belt and straps
● Drawcords – for waist and hoods
● Eyelets – metal rim for intentional holes in fabric
● Labels – your brand at the nape or waist area

Keep stock fabric swatches and raw materials. You need them not only for production but also for easy visualization.

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