Toile/Sample: "testing testing"
A toile is the very first test of a style done in very cheap fabric that is close in quality to the final fabric. You get to see the style on a body to check the proportions and fit and make changes to your design before going to your first sample in actual fabric. Once you have your correct fabric sample you finalize the trims, construction and fit. Most times multiple samples are needed to get to full approval, often the changes are so minor ( ie lengthening or shortening) that you can skip another sample