Toiling & First Sample

We can create practise garments commonly referred to as “toiles” in an inexpensive but similar weight of fabric to check the fitting, construction, finishing’s, and silhouette of the base size. This can be a full or half toile and is the beginning of the comment and amendment process.

Once the toiling is complete and comments are taken into consideration we can make a first sample to check the actual fabric and components are fit for purpose and effectively convey the design aesthetic.
We ask that our clients provide a suitable fitting model that represents their targeted base size in order for us to properly evaluate the garment’s fit.

From your master patterns, we produce Toiles to ensure your patterns are just the way you want them.
-Using a fabric of your choice, we produce samples of your designs until you are satisfied with the final result!

Here are just a few points for what you will get from our Toiling & First Sample Services:

  • Toiling after pattern cutting ensures you get the precise garment you want.
  • Toiling will be in a fabric similar to your final fabric working from your pattern drafts. (a low cost way)
  • Once you are 100% happy with your Pattern/Toile we can make you a beautiful Sample in your final fabric showing you what your garment will look like upon production.
  • We guarantee you a beautiful finish with a high end quality when making your Sample.
  • What makes us different?

    Technical Specification
    Combining illustrations, working drawings, fabrics, finishings and haberdashery details, outlining each stage of production – ensuring quality, aesthetic and safety at all times.
    Creative Pattern Cutting
    Skilled in a variety of pattern cutting methods from manual pattern cutting through to block manipulation, drapery and measurements.
    Pattern Amendments
    Changing your existing patterns throughout toiling, before or after grading in response to customer feedback and requirements.
    Toiling and First Sample
    Creating practice garments in a similar weight of fabric to check the fit on a model, construction, finishing, and silhouette of the base size.
    Capturing every detail of your manual patterns digitally into our CAD system making them ready for further amendments.
    Pattern Grading
    Applying industry standard grading rules, follow your company’s established sizing system, or assist you in creating your own bespoke grade specifications.
    File Conversion & Backup
    Converting and backing up your files to any compatible CAD system formats such as AAMA, DXF, HPGL, and exporting to Illustrator.
    Costing and Marker Making
    Using computerised marker making software to provide a quick, economical way of calculating how much fabric is required for each pattern.
    Supplying you with full-scale graded paper nests, paper sets and card sets for you to use or to send to your factory.
    UK Based Manufacturing
    With connections in and outside of London, it is quicker and logistically easier to deliver finished orders to UK based retailers.
    Quality control
    Liaising with the manufacturer and undertaking the role of garment technician to oversee the quality of your order.
    Overseas Manufacturing
    We can manufacture within the UK or abroad. We have connections in and outside London.
    Fabric Sourcing
    We here at Grade House Ltd can source the right materials for your project. We take the hassle out of your sourcing

    Become A Part Of Our Team

    Would you like to become a part of our dedicated team? Do you want to better your skills within product development? Are you a productive, passionate and determined person? Take a look at our vacancies or send us a message about what you love and we will be sure to get back to you.