I saw a really good question on Tilly and the Buttons that is a question I have been asking myself recently. In a nutshell, when are you no longer a beginner?
I just love patterns that have "easy" or "beginner" written on them (even better: very easy). But recently I bought a couple of "average" or "less easy" Vintage Vogue patterns. I haven't got the guts to try them though.
Of course, proper vintage patterns often have no "level" on them at all. So, my questions are:
What level sewer are you?
How do you know? What skills do you think constitute intermediate / beginner / advanced?
Does the level of a pattern influence you?
Do you think having a level on patterns is actually discouraging (ie you might have tried a pattern until you "knew" it was above your level)?
Do you think this sort of labelling is helpful?
Thanks for your thoughts xx
Great question Charlotte. Reading through everyones comments has me thinking! I do tend to gravitate towards "easy" patterns - and I don't know why. I agree with many of the comments that the "easy" patterns are often shapeless and don't offer much of a challenge. Maybe this is why I'm a little "blah" about my sewing at the moment - I need more of a challenge?
When I think about the things I made years ago, with very little experience or skill - they were much more complicated and challenging than what I'm doing now. My finish and detail is much better now - but not the actual design. SO .... I'm going to extend myself in future and tackle those more intimidating patterns .... nothing to loose but a few hours of my time and a bit of fabric (and a few dollars!!) - but lots to gain!
Perhaps the levels could be redefined as
a) easy/simple/no-brainer/do it in your sleep
b) intermediate/needs a little thought/need to be awake
c) difficult/needs lots of thought/ get the caffine brewing!
That said, One persons 'simple' could be another persons 'nightmare'. Personally I used to loathe zips, I would rather have sewn half-a-dozen buttonholes by hand than put in a zip; now however, through practise, I don't actively avoid them.
Another thing that can affect how you view yourself as to beginner/intermediate/advanced can be the people that you are talking to. Here I would consider myself as in the 'advanced' category, but if I was to toddle over to The Cutter and Tailor forum I could consider myself in the 'beginner trying for intermediate' category.