Back to the Drawing Board / by Sabria McElroy

It’s been awhile since the last Born To Be update. Things have been moving more slowly than I’d like, but still moving forward!

Since my last update, I received the first Born To Be sample of the play dress!  This was very exciting, except for one setback – the perfect fabric that I had spent several months searching for wasn’t perfect for my design. 

The fabric that I wanted to use was a beautiful, American-grown, ultra soft organic cotton interlock.  (If you don’t know what exactly what cotton interlock means, you are not alone!  Before I started this process, I had no idea about the differences among various types of cotton). 

But that beautiful fabric proved to be too thick and stretchy for some of the design details that I want to include. 

So, I had to go back to sourcing fabric.  This involves calling and emailing suppliers and asking for samples to try to find the perfect one that’s also available in colors that will work – something soft, sustainable, light-weight but not too thin, with give but not too stretchy, etc.  

Some of the fabric swatches I've received over the last few weeks.

Some of the fabric swatches I've received over the last few weeks.

This can be a frustrating process.  There’s a lot of waiting involved – waiting for suppliers to respond to emails, waiting for suppliers to return calls, and waiting for samples to arrive in the mail.  Sometimes suppliers don’t call back, or they don’t want to deal with unestablished business, or they promise to send samples that never arrive.   

But, I think I’m finally close to finding my new, perfect fabric.   I've received several swatch options that I like. 

This time around, I’ve learned to take the swatches to my sample-maker to test first before I order several yards for the sample-making process.  That way, if it doesn’t work out, I won’t have several yards of soft, beautiful fabric sitting in my closet that I have no idea what to do with.      

If the fabric swatch that I want to use works out, I’ll have a new sample in a few weeks to share with you all! 

In the meantime, I need to figure out what to do with the eight extra yards of my old perfect fabric.