How to Order Fabric from New York Fabric Stores April 28, 2009Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Design Resources, Industry News, Local Sources, Manufacturers, Sewing and Workroom Supplies, Textile Resources , trackback
We’ve recently added a number of New York fabric stores to the resource lists on this site. Here are some helpful hints on how to take advantage of these invaluable resources.
- You’ll find that most fabric stores in New York are open to sending swatches of textiles that you can use in your designs.
- If you would like to order swatches from a store, but are not sure what they have available, it is helpful to send them a sketch of your design along with a clear description of what you are looking for. The more specific you are, the better your results will be.
- Either send them an email with your sketch and description or give them a call to discuss your needs.
- Don’t be shy – These places exist to sell you fabric and, although they may not sound terribly friendly or may just seem very busy when you call, they ultimately want to make a sale and will generally try to accommodate you. Just be considerate of their time, thank them for their help, and actually buy from them in the future, even if they don’t send you any swatches that suit your needs for one particular project.
- Paron Fabrics, in New York, has some information about what they find helpful in filling swatch orders that I think you’ll find useful. I’ve lifted the following text directly from their site: www.paronfabrics.com
Concerning requests for swatches:
When making a request be as specific as possible.(ie. fiber type, width, weight, color, price range etc…)
- red print (preferable floral)
- 45″ wide or wider
- suitable for summer blouse
Any print featuring bicycles.
Suitable for children’s curtains.
Will need 100 yds.
No more than $8.00/yd.
Pinstripe and Victorian type fabrics
Suitable for various classes on a cruiseship
Please understand that many of our fabrics are in extremely limited supply. Al orders are filled on a first-come basis. Swatches are usually identified with a style# and store locations; Always refer to the fabric by this #, and confirm the look and texture of the fabric when possible.
- Tiffany Teague