Her Riding Habit designs started with features that I wanted... a traditional collar, ventilated armpits (I sweat a lot!), fitted silhouettes, fabric that breathes and dries (again the sweat!), longer cuffs, no logo all over the place, durable, washable, interesting textiles, softness, etc. The wish list goes on and on! I knew the details I wanted and it became clear that every piece might not fulfill every desire, but you've gotta have goals. Fabric sourcing started early in the process. I knew what fabric I didn't want, but I didn't know how to find what I really wanted. I traveled to fabric trade shows and contacted countless fabric manufacturers and product representatives. If you can dream it up, it can be made. But on the flip side, there is a ton of crap to wade through before you can start to zone in on what type of product will really work for a particular design and budget. As I narrowed down my options, I made decisions based on function, feel and technical aspects. I selected fabrics that have some amount of recycled content. I also made the decision to try sublimation printing. Sample yardage has been ordered and designs have been sent to the printers. I can't wait until the printed samples are ready! What's really exciting is that fabric sourcing will be an endless job and an ever changing part of the design process.