Toca Tailor is a basic design studio for clothing. This app is rated for ages 4 and up and really is just for fun or for children. It does some fun things though and was free. I got it because it was featured at the App store as “App of the Week” It is now listed for 99 cents but the Toca Boca website states that it is $2.99
Downloading The App
Ease of download and stability: This was an easy download from the app store. The App was free when I got it but I noticed that it is now listed for 99 cents. It downloaded without a hitch. I have not had the App crash or do anything unexpected.
Compatible with: The App is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
iPad or iPhone? I downloaded this on my iPad and while you could use it on your iPhone, I think the larger screen really makes the app more fun to use.
Other Apps by developer: Toca Tailor is made by Toca Boca AB. They have other Apps including Toca Hair Salon, Toca Kitchen, Toca Store and Train
Using Toca Taylor
When you open the App there is a button in the middle to press to start. There is a choice for a boy, girl or two different animals. One of the animals appears to be a cat and the other I could not say what animal it is. All figures are human-like.
All of the characters can choose from the same basic styles. You can even put the boy in a skirt. You can not change anything about the face just the clothes. The App has some cute music and sounds as well as the design choices.
Hats: You can choose from six hats or no hat. You can not change anything about the hats. You either use one of the six hats as is, or you don’t.
Shirt: There are ten styles of shirts. You just keep tapping the shirt until you have the one that you want to use. After you pick your shirt style then you can tap on an icon on the bottom to choose fabric designs and embellishments like buttons, patches, lace, pockets, zippers and bows.
You can customize your fabric by taking a picture with your phone. That picture then becomes the pattern. There are also solid colors and you can color part or all of the shirt with colors or patterns. Colors and patterns can be added in a block rather than free form. There is only so much you can do.
Bottoms: When you tap the bottoms you get six choices for pants and four choices for a skirt. The same design choices are available for the pants and skirts that are available for the shirts. One thing I found really odd is that you can not change the direction of lace and zippers. This really limits what you can do with the design additions.
Also the shirt covers most of the top part of the pants so adding things there will not show up when you go back to see your whole figure.
Backgrounds and Saving Designs: You can save your design using the camera function on your device to take a screen shot. The app does not save your designs, they are stored in your pictures. Once you save and move on you can not go back and edit your designs with Toca Taylor.
To choose a background for your design you hold your device up and take a photo of something in or out of your house. Once you take the photo it is saved on your device with your photos.
Final thoughts and Rating
Toca Tailor is a fun app, that is probably best for children. I thought it was fun for free but I am not sure I would pay 99 cents for it. I think if you have a young child it might be worth it. Probably the best thing it has going for it, is that it would be simple for a young child to play with. I would guess even a child younger than four could master Toca Taylor and have fun with it.
One thing I did like about the App is that there are no in App purchases available. This means that you will not feel roped into spending more money to get extra fabrics. I would like to give this a higher rating because it really is a cute app, but it just does not have much to offer. For free I would give it 4 out of 5 stars but if I was paying for this I would probably only give it 3 stars because of it’s limitations.