In the begin phase of creating a collection, fabric is in important. Some designers are inspired by fabrics other design find the fabric after drawing and designing. It doesn't really matter how you start a collection. Fabric can make or break your collection.
I have struggled a lot in the past in finding the right fabric. Coming from an architecture background and wanting to create shapes, the wrong fabric can hurt your design. Some fabric won't move the way I thought it would. Here are some tips that really help me through the fabric process.
Tip 1: During your research phase I would always suggest buying a yard of the fabric and creating a detail design from your collection That will help you see if the fabric works before buying fifty yards of it.
Tip 2: Create a budget for your collection. I have created a collection with less than two hundred dollars. Great design is great design. I can spend so much money at the fabric store. A budget will be your best friend.
Tip 3: Creating ten to twenty small mock up design details from your collection. I have learn this method in architecture school. We would have to come up with twenty and more process models. You can even start designing from this point.
Don't get intimidated when you walk into the fabric store trust your instinct.
Tip 4: Make something out of your collection for you to wear. This changed the way I design. You are your best model. When wear what you design you can figure out what fabric you love the most. Remember if you won't wear it someone else most likely won't wear it.
Here are some cool pic from today's trip to the fabric store.
Here is a book resource that have helped me through understanding different types of fabric.