After my recent quip to promote myself to advanced if I could pull off a 3 and a half dot BWOF pattern I began to wonder just what would it take to get to advanced on Pattern Review.
Have a look at these guidelines from Pattern Review - to classify as "Intermediate" you need to do 5 of these proficiently:
A. Zippers (lapped, slot, fly, invisible)
E. Curved seams (such as princess seams)
G. Set-in sleeves
H. Welt pockets
I. Sewing with knits
J. Various hand stitches, including but not limited to: hemstitch, fell stitch, hand rolled hem, catch stitch.
I have never sewn a welt pocket that I've been proud of, so that's definitely something on my list to improve.
Interesting eh? My thoughts on advanced is that you'd need to do all of the above proficiently, have a high standard of finish on all garments, plus say 5 of the following
1 modify a pattern to include new design features
2 draft a pattern
3 make clothes that fit well
4 cut and sew any of the following difficult fabrics: silk anything, satin anything, synthetic chiffon or georgette, raincoat fabric, leather, 4 way stretch
5 sew bias garments
6 revere collars or buttoned cuffs, shirts on a stand
7 basic tailoring
8 design a garment
9 some experience in one of the following: wedding/prom or cocktail/evening dresses, swimwear, lingerie, costumes
10 construct a garment on a dress form using draping
11 be able to sew a garment without instructions
12 complete a Burda 3 1/2 dot pattern, or a big 4 pattern labelled "average" or "advanced" with a high standard of finish
The thing to remember is that Pattern Review is primarily a site for home sewing enthusiasts so an advanced home sewer does not have to meet the same level of finish as a professional sewer. That's why they have their "couture/expert" level, which is for people who sew for a living and whose knowledge of construction and finish is of the highest order and is recognised as such by earning money for it. They also can clock up the kind of hours doing it for a living that we can only dream about. So in that case, it's unfair to compare the home sewer with a professional in the industry.
As for some of my blogging buddies, I know you can do all of the above and more. I can think of a number of people who need a promotion!
What do you think makes someone "advanced" on Pattern Review?