What is a toile?
If you have been through our Instagram page, you may have seen a few pictures of our first fit ‘toiles’.
Yes, it’s another one of those fancy fashion words that makes the process seem just a little bit more exotic and technical, but what actually is a toile and why do we need to make them?
Toile is a French word that refers to a mock up version of a garment created out of cheap fabric so that a design can be tested and perfected.
Marking an important stage in the design process, the toile allows the designer to test the pattern, fit, design and proportions of a garment without wasting expensive fabrics.
The fabric used for the toile will be a cheap version of the final fabric intended for the piece, accurately indicating the drape and weight of the final product.
Toiles are often made of calico, an unprocessed, cheap, creamy coloured fabric that allows the designer to freely mark, cut or tinker with the piece.
The lack of colour or print in the toile means that the designer can view their product in its purest form and offers a clearer view of possible construction issues.
These changes can then be relayed back into the pattern and the process is repeated until the desired garment is created.