Day 2 July 28
After spending a chunk of the day deciding what fabrics I want to use, I emailed all the fabric suppliers to verify availability and minimums of those fabrics. This process often leads to little heartbreaks and adjustments along the way. If a fabric is not in stock or if the minimum purchase is too high, I have to readjust. Since, I am a small start up label, if a fabric has a high minimum (for example 500 yards) and I only need 5 yards to make my samples, I may have to take that fabric off the collection. Hopefully, thanks to websites like Source4style and The Ethical Fashion Forum that is quickly changing.
Now that I am certain what fabrics are available to me, I can decide which fabrics belongs to what design. Then, off t0 scanning all my sketches (more like chicken scratch…I am amazed Josefina understands what I draw), and developing an excel line sheet and cutter’s must so I can give them to “ magic hands” Josefina, my sample maker. If I were to develop these samples at an overseas factory, I would have to create very detailed teck packs to send them. But since Josefina lives 2 doors up, I can just go over to her house and explain discuss everything in person. It does not get any more local than that!