A toile is a mock up of the chosen garment. Traditionally made in cotton calico, it gives the dressmaker the opportunity to try out the garment, assess and adjust the fit and decide if it suits the wearer. However, you do need to see past the calico toile.
I used Zandra Rhodes Vogue 1484 but wanted colour which I found on Goldhawk Road in London.
It is never a waste of time or effort to make a calico toile and, even if the dressmaker decides to abandon the garment at the toile stage, think of your lovely fabric that hasn’t been used for something you are not going to love.