Our Class Levels

To make it easier for you to decide which classes are more suitable we have added levels. Please see below:

Sewing level:

Level 1:

  • Absolute beginner
  • Have never used a sewing machine before
  • Have never pinned or cut fabric
Level 2: 
  • Have used a sewing machine before
  • Can pin and cut fabric
  • Can thread a sewing machine
  • Can sewing a straight line and follow a seam allowance
Level 3:
  • Can thread a sewing machine
  • Can sew to different seam allowances
  • Understand about backstitching at the start & end of seams
  • Have made a range of sewn items equivalent to those made on our Intro to Sewing class
  • If you have completed our Intro to Sewing class, you are level 3
  • Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels
Level 4:
  • Have completed Intro to Dressmaking or similar
  • Can insert a regular zip and attach a waistband
  • Understand notches and grainlines
  • Confident in sewing cotton fabrics
  • Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels
Level 5:
  • Have made various basic garments to a good standard
  • Very familiar with sewing cotton, may have occasionally used drapey or stretchy fabrics
  • Can cut, pin and sew fabric accurately
  • Know how to place and pin patterns on fabric without guidance
  • Can insert an invisible zip and sew darts without guidance
  • Can attach facings
  • Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels
Level 6:
  • A confident dressmaker
  • Can attach a sleeve
  • Has sewn with difficult fabrics
  • Has a good understanding of clothing construction
  • Has an idea of fitting and altering a pattern
  • Can sew unaided at a good pace – e.g. could make our Ultimate Shift Dress (if already cut out) in 3 hours
  • Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels
Level 7:
  • Can carry out all dressmaking skills mentioned in previous levels to a high level
  • Can sew and cut trickier fabrics independently and at a good pace
  • Some experience in fitting and pattern alterations
  • Want to learn more complicated construction skills such as working with lace, and tailoring
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