1) Go to one store! It is very overwhelming to see so many fabrics so keep to one place and you will definitely find what you want
2) Stick to your budget!
Don't look at any fabric or lace that is not with in your budget. There is nothing more depressing than falling in love with a fabric you can't afford
3) Have fun!
Make sure to step out of your comfort zone. Be daring and don't be scared to be different. It's a one in a lifetime opportunity so go for it.