Class Levels


To help you decide whether a particular workshop is right for you, we have created workshop levels. These are designed to help you confidently develop your sewing skills and get the most out of a workshop. Our levels are set out below but if  you’re not sure which level best describes you or whether a particular workshop would be suitable, please get in touch and we will help you!

Class Levels


Level 1 - complete beginner


No sewing experience or not sewn for a long time.

Never used a sewing machine before.


No knitting experience or not knitted for a long time

Level 2 - advanced beginner


Had some basic sewing experience and used a sewing machine within the last year.

Know how to use and thread a sewing machine and bobbin with minimum of help.

Familiar with simple sewing terminology e.g. ‘right sides together’, ‘seam allowance’.


Familiar with basic knitting techniques e.g. how to cast on, how to knit and purl and how to cast off.

Unfamiliar with knitting patterns.

Level 3 - beginner dressmaker

Confident using a sewing machine and has used one within the last 6 months.

Can complete simple home sewing projects e.g. cushion cover without help.

Has access to own sewing machine at home (this is so you can practice skills or complete homework tasks).

No experience of dressmaking patters, taking measurements and choosing sizes.

Level 4 - advanced beginner dressmaker

 Has made simple garments e.g. A line skirt, sleeveless shift top in the last 6 months.

Has had some experience of basic sewing patterns, how to measure themselves and choosing garment sizes.

Wants to learn new techniques e.g. French seams.

Level 5 - intermediate dressmaker

Can sew simple dressmaking projects without help.

Is confident in using and following a sewing pattern.

Would like to use more complicated fabrics e.g. drapey fabrics, stretch fabrics.

Level 6 - advanced dressmaker

Confident at using and following a variety of commercial dressmaking patterns.

Able to work comfortably with trickier fabrics.

Has some experience of fitting and making minor alterations to patterns.