Workshop Terms

Workshop Levels

To help make choosing workshops easier we have created levels to help you decide which workshop is best suited for you. The levels are designed to be progressive and build your sewing skills. For example if you are choosing a level 4 workshop then to ensure you get the most out it, you will need to complete workshops at a lower level or have the knowledge listed under those lower levels. Please read below to read a breakdown of each level:

Level 1 - Complete Beginner

  • Absolute beginner
  • No sewing experience/not sewn since school or for a long time (over a few years) 
  • Has never used a sewing machine before

Level 2 - Home Interiors

  • Basic sewing experience and practise within the last year
  • Knows how to use and thread a sewing machine and bobbin independently. 
  • Knows how to construct simple seams and familiar with sewing terminology such as 'right sides together', 'seam allowance' and finishing off the raw edges. 

Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaking

  • Confident with using a sewing machine and has practised recently (within the last 6 months). 
  • Can complete simple projects, such as a cushion cover or zipped pouch, without difficulty
  • Has access to a sewing machine at home as we cannot guarantee that projects will be completely finished during the workshop (there may be small bits left to do such as hemming)

Level 4 - Advanced Beginner Dressmaker

  • Has made simple garments in the past 6 months, such as those in Level 3
  • Has familiarity with using a sewing pattern, measuring themselves and picking a size
  • Is looking to learn new techniques

Level 5 - Intermediate Dressmaker

  • Can sew simple dressmaking projects without difficulty
  • Can follow a sewing pattern unaided
  • Is looking to start using trickier fabrics such as rayon/viscose

Level 6 - Advanced Dressmaker

  • A confident sewer who has made many garments using commercial patterns 
  • Comfortable with using trickier fabrics such as lightweight/drapey fabrics and jersey
  • Some experience with fitting and making minor alterations to patterns