Once you have your technical drawings, we then proceed to the pattern phase. This is where your designs are turned in to templates which is an important part of the whole process. It is important that your pattern is perfected. This is why it is key to create a toile after making a pattern. This allows us to see the garment in 3D, then it is followed by pattern amendments. This could be a back and forth development. However this is dependant on the complexity of your designs. The more simpler styles, do not require many developments.
Once you are having with your toile - it is then the sampling stage. Where your styles will be made up in the final fabrics chosen for production. So you can see exactly what the garments will look like at production.
WHY DO I NEED A TOILE?
A toile is a 3D mock up of your 2D patterns. It is usually made in a similar fabric to your your final fabric. We make a toile so that you to see what your design will look like in the final fabric which you will be presenting to your customer.
CAN WE SKIP THE TOILING PROCESS??
Too many times we have spoke with designers/brands who have asked whether we can skip the toiling process to cut down the costs, to which we reply with an emphatic "unfortunately no we cannot."
So why is toiling so important you ask. Referring to our post a toiles function is to see what the pattern looks like and how the garment fits on the body. Some of the big fashion houses will re-toile the same garments multiple times just so that they can get the right shape and fit.
A toile it is used to see the shape and fit, may not come with the final finishing. For example if you are making a silk shirt that will have French seams, it is more than likely that your toile will not be made with them. The toile will be made without the finishing because it will save time and as well as money, but mostly because finishings are not yet required.
Your toile most like will not have buttons, button holes, pockets, and sometimes zips. Again, this is to save time and money. Your 1st sample however, should have all of the finishing and trims that you will be using on your garment.
IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WE WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP.