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Fabric purchasing advice

Hi Sharon,

I’m in the final prototyping stage of my tank tops in a slubby lightweight organic french terry. I have one more roll of this material, with 50 yards on it. I am in search of a slightly softer fabric and am ordering sample yardage from Pickering. That said, if the fabric I order is more luxurious feeling (also more expensive), should I go ahead and sew up the 100 tanks I can get out of my current supply and sell them at a discounted price to my loyal fans, or should I hold off and wait until I get the new fabric – which could take longer (and I’m stuck with 50 yards of french terry). My fabric has a very natural organic feel to it, and when paired with the modern minimalist cut of the tank has a cool style.

I really appreciate your perspective and advice on this. – Heather T

Hi Heather — You likely have already made a decision but I always go with the original sample. That’s what people used for their buying decision. That would mean staying with your original fabric. The Pickering fabric is just speculation. You may not like it after all. It may be more expensive for your profit margin. If you do like it and order it then great, you have next season’s garments.

Hope that helps — S//PFI