Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Did you know that Designers use a test garment on a dress form on a live model, to test out the pattern before making the real garment. 

Test garment[edit]

In Australian and British terminology, a "toile" is a version of a garment made by a fashion designer or dressmaker to test a pattern. They are usually made in cheap material, as multiple toiles may be made in the process of perfecting a design. Toiles are commonly called "muslins" in the United States, named for the cheap, unbleached cotton fabric available in different weights.

I have been witness to a designer marking a toile for a client and I have to say, it is beyond amazing, not like going to a store and buying off the rack, it is like watching a artist paint a canvas.