Sewing & Alterations

To ensure the best results in our garment making, J&O Studio Ltd provides you with a toile-making service and fitting sessions. This allows us to see that your garment design fits the body as is required and expected by the person for whom it is intended. You can book out toiling and fitting service as a standalone project, or incorporate it into the run of a complete garment making booking

The toile, which is the initial prototype of each garment, will be created in calico or a fabric similar to the final garment to be fitted on the body. In most cases, only one toile is needed. 

Once we have prepared the toile, the next step is a fitting made on a suitable model to ensure that all parts of the garment measure exactly as they should. Detailed measurements will be taken of the model at each assessment and fit; comfort and aesthetics will be analyzed. 

A ‘toile’ is the fashion manufacturer’s term for a dummy garment, created from fabric that is inexpensive, but of a similar weight to the cloth that will be used in the finished item. A toile is created either as a full or half garment, and is used to check the fit, fall, construction, silhouette and finish of your piece.

During the toiling process, first comments are made. These are your chance to make alterations to the pattern of your garment prior to using the real, more expensive fabrics in the sample. In a toile, you will see your design the real world for the first time, and begin to mould it so it achieves the appearance in the flesh that you have in your mind.

We offer toiling and fitting for any commission, whether it’s a one-off production for a fashion show or private client, or a garment destined for a production run. We offer a free first fitting, and free calico fabric for your toile. Please supply a model for your fitting, who is representative of the target size for your design. This allows our toilers and fitters to see how your garment design will fall on the body of the person for whom it is intended.

We deliver every stage of the pre-production and production process, from first pattern cutting and alteration to final samples and the production run itself. Having problems with your pattern cutting, fabric cutting or toiling? We can step in at any stage of your process, to offer advice and correction. Working together, we’ll make sure your design leaves the page perfectly.

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