Garment toiles are the test version of a garment before a designer makes it in the real fabric. You can find garment toiles from here.
Cheaper fabrics give the designer a chance to test the pattern, the fit, the design lines, and the proportions. Without ruining expensive fabrics, and also means that the design can view in its purest form before print and color distract from any possible construction issues.
· The Fabric
Often the fabric used for toiling is called calico, a cheap and readily available form of cotton which is not wholly processing. It has an uneven appearance and a creamy color. The fabric can also quite an unforgiving fabric which makes you work hard to ensure that your shape and line are correct. It is also easy to make correction markings on. So that designers can redraw design lines, and do other fitting changes. Such as cutting into fabric or pinching small amounts out.
All these alterations are relay back onto the pattern so that a new garment toiles cut.
Calico is not always a suitable fabric for toiling all garment types. And you should choose a fabric which represents the weight and handle of your final fabric. For example, if you are creating a dress in a heavy jersey. Then Calico will not give you any indication of how the final fabric will drape. And you are better to use another cheap jersey which will fall in a similar way.
Garment Toiles are also used in haute couture to enable a version of the garment. Historically, toiles also represent a way for the couture houses to license out their designs.