I sew clothes for myself and friends. A few weeks ago i bought some fabric to make two dresses.
I tried to find zippers called for only to find the zipper section severely eviscerated. The zipper section was a fraction of its former size. The types, lengths and colors were severely limited and i could not find a good match. Very very disappointed!
Also here in Florida we need lightweight garment fabrics that breath such as cotton blends and rayons. Instead we are overwhelmed with heavy fabrics and nonbreathable synthetics.
I am turning to online sources to get what i need but I would rather patronize local business. Joanns are you listening.