With ever-changing inventory.
And you can get overwhelmed, or far too picky, or indecisive.
A few years ago, I chose this silk fabric (on top) as a visible lining, to make with this chiffon a bridesmaid was given to use "pop"... Based on just a swatch, the bridesmaid was uncertain, but, trusting my gut, I hand draped and made the dress pictured below. She really loved it, thank goodness.
The garment district stores know that you may have to check the budget, match things with other things, get an idea of yardage, get approval, think it over... Those are all good reasons to take a swatch. They also know that the fact that you can swatch may lead you to research endlessly, take swatches to compare, overthink, consult with a million different opinions of others, haggle endlessly with others offering similar goods, and possibly compile an overly optimistic wishlist.
Here are my suggestions for successful swatching:
- When you find a great swatch, attach it to the business card of the store where you found it. Most stores will give you a card to attach it to. Failure to do this will result in a pile of random swatches in your pockets, you will wonder why you collected later on. (Ask me how I know...) Write the price and date you found it. Write the fabric's name and fiber content, if needed.
- If needed, wash test your swatch (secure it with a safety pin to some other well-worn item in your laundry), burn test it, and/or check it in daylight.When you decide that you do want it, order it, or return to the same store to buy it.
- When you decide that you do want it, either order it, or return to the SAME STORE to buy it, within a reasonably short amount of time.
A client gave me a sketch for a costume she designed, and I submitted a bunch of swatches to her, indicating what I felt was a "right" combination of fabrics, and some others, in case she felt differently. She did accept what i chose, and we were both happy with the outcome.
|Swatches from New York Elegant|