The toile for my top. No need to insert both sleeves.
A toile (sometimes called a muslin) is a sample of the garment made up in muslin or another cheap fabric. White or cream are good so you can mark the toile with a pen if necessary. Muslin is best, but I had some inexpensive polyester cotton so I used that.
I made a toile for two reasons:
1. My fabric is limited
2. I wanted to alter the original pattern and insert darts.
I found just enough fabric in my stash to make the two piece outfit I showed on my 10 October blog. (See diagram below.) I like everything about the pattern except that the top lacks darts. That would work well with a knitted fabric, but may not look good out of my wool mix tweed.
|The original pattern, Vogue 8916|
An old McCalls dress pattern, 2301, that I thought would make a good top