Design settled, measurements taken and corset fitted, our bride-to-be's Phillipa Lepley wedding dress is starting to take shape - in the form of a calico toile.

A toile is a mock-up of the dress, made in a cotton-like fabric that serves as a test to see what adjustments need to be made.

"To make sure the dress fits perfectly we create a toile, try it on and then pin and adjust it before going back to the paper patterns to make the changes there. Once we're confident it is right we move on to cutting the silk," explains Sunni, Phillipa Lepely's fittings co-coordinator.

MEASURING UP

Creating the paper pattern and producing the toile itself was production manager Ethan, who oversees the production of all Lepley designs.

Sometimes more than one calico fitting is required for that 'fits-like-a-glove' precision which Phillipa is now well-known for. Lauren's dress had two separate toile sessions, but already it is beginning to take shape, with its soft almond neckline, a slight V-shaped back and elegant mermaid-like tail.

LET THE COUTURE PROCESS BEGIN

"It's a bit of a strange scenario because you kind of worry that what you've drawn isn't probably as nice as it is in real life, but they do an even better job," says Lauren.

The next appointment will include a silk cutting of the gown and a first look at Lauren's actual dress.

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