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Introduction Edit

This guide will show you how to get your tailoring skill up from 0 to 450. The guide will use recipes available at a trainer as much as possible. See the preparation section for some exceptions.

This guide only uses recipes that require cloth and vendor-bought material (thread, dye). The only exceptions are the vendor bought recipes to get to 375 which require Inv misc leatherscrap 02 [Rugged Leather], Inv enchant dustarcane [Arcane Dust] and Spell nature web [Netherweb Spider Silk]. [Rugged Leather] is acquired through skinning, [Arcane Dust] comes from disenchanting green items from Outland, and [Netherweb Spider Silk] drops from spiders in Outland. Of course, you can buy these from the Auction House as well.

This guide assumes everything you make is sold to a vendor. If you have an enchanter alt, you can send the green items you make to him for disenchanting, however this guide does not combine leveling enchanting and tailoring. This guide also doesn't tell you how to make money with tailoring.

This guide does not tell you how to get all the different recipes from quests, vendors or drops. What you do once you hit 375 is entirely up to you.

This guide is primarily aimed at those who want to switch profession at high level.

Side note: If you don't want to travel around then the only trainer you need is one of the Grand Master Tailors that can be found in the starting areas of Northrend (see Tailoring trainers for a list). They teach all levels of tailoring (from Apprentice to Grand Master), and sell every thread and dye required.

Preparation Edit

The recipes used require vendor bought components such as threads and dye. These cost gold. To learn recipes from a trainer also costs gold. The amount of gold needed is approximately 150Gold if you farm all of the cloth. If you want to buy everything you need from the auction house, expect to spend upwards to 250Gold to get tailoring to 300 and an additional 1200-1500Gold to get your skill up to 375. This does not include gold for recipes from vendors or the auction house.

You are going to need a lot of [Linen Cloth] and [Wool Cloth], huge amounts of [Silk Cloth], [Mageweave Cloth] and [Runecloth] and an insane amount of [Netherweave Cloth]. Below is a table that shows the amount of cloth needed. The minimum amount column shows the minimum amount needed if you would get a skill point every time you make something. However, at some point a recipe will be yellow or even green when you make something, so you won't always get a skill point. The estimated amount column deals with this, so try to get the estimated amount of cloth. If you are buying all the cloth you need from the auction house, get the minimum amount and only buy more when needed.

Materials needed.
Component Minimum Amount (Stacks) Estimated Amount (Stacks)
[Linen Cloth] 150 (7.5) 180 (9)
[Wool Cloth] 150 (7.5) 200 (10)
[Silk Cloth] 780 (39) 860 (43)
[Mageweave Cloth] 375 (18.75) 460 (23)
[Runecloth] 750 (37.5) 900 (45)
[Netherweave Cloth] 2790 (139.5) 3600 (180)
[Frostweave Cloth] 1975 (99) 4025 (201)
[Rugged Leather] 90 (4.5) 120 (6)
[Knothide Leather] 10 (0.5) 20 (1)
[Arcane Dust] 180 (9) 240 (12)
[Netherweb Spider Silk] 30 (3) 40 (4)

This guide uses trainer-available recipes, because they are the easiest to get. However, sometimes vendor-bought or dropped recipes are needed or simply cheaper to use, so there are some exceptions. Below is a table with those exceptions. Check the Auction House for the dropped recipes. The vendor for the [Imbued Netherweave Robe] and [Imbued Netherweave Tunic] recipes belongs to the Scryers faction. However, the recipes are not BoP, so ask a guild member or friend to buy them for you if you are Aldor. You can also buy the recipes if you haven't made a choice yet and are still neutral to both.

Vendor bought recipes.
Recipe Vendor Where Faction
[Runecloth Bag] Qia Everlook in Winterspring Neutral
[Bolt of Imbued Netherweave] Eiin Shattrath City Neutral
Neii The Exodar Alliance
Deynna Silvermoon City Horde
[Netherweave Robe] Eiin Shattrath City Neutral
Neii The Exodar Alliance
Deynna Silvermoon City Horde
[Netherweave Tunic] Eiin Shattrath City Neutral
Neii The Exodar Alliance
Deynna Silvermoon City Horde
[Imbued Netherweave Robe] and
[Imbued Netherweave Tunic]
Arrond Shadowmoon Valley Scryers

Getting from 1 to 50 Edit

Getting from 1 to 50 is easy enough. [Bolt of Linen Cloth] turns yellow at 25, green at 37, and gray at 50. Since you're going to need quite a few bolts, making these will easily get you to 50 skill.

Skilling up past 50 requires at least 75x [Bolt of Linen Cloth], so make those first and set those aside. If you haven't reached 50 yet, make a [Bolt of Linen Cloth] and then a [Linen Belt]. The [Linen Belt] will give a skill point. Repeat this until 50.

Once you hit 50, talk to the trainer to become Journeyman Tailor. You have to be level 10 to become Journeyman Tailor.

Recipes used to get from 0 to 50.
Skill Yellow Grey Item Components From - To Components needed
1 25 50 [Bolt of Linen Cloth] 2x [Linen Cloth] 1 - 50 (50) 100x [Linen Cloth]
15 50 85 [Linen Belt] 1x [Bolt of Linen Cloth],
1x [Coarse Thread]
45 - 50 (5) 5x [Bolt of Linen Cloth],
5x [Coarse Thread]

Getting from 50 to 125 Edit

Use the bolts set aside earlier to make [Linen Bag] to get from 50 to 75.

There are two other recipes that can be used to get from 50 to 75: the [Heavy Linen Gloves] and the [Reinforced Linen Cape]. These recipes are cheaper in components than the [Linen Bag], but since the bag sells for more silver at a vendor (2Silver for the bag versus 29Copper for the gloves and 67Copper for the cape) and you made a ton of bolts to get to 50 anyway, making the bags and vendoring them will help you recoup a little bit more of the cost.

At 75, you can learn [Bolt of Woolen Cloth], which turns gray at 105. To get from 105 to 125, you need at least 50x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth].

If you haven't reached 105, make a [Bolt of Woolen Cloth] and then make a [Woolen Cape] until you do reach 105.

Now use the 50x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth] made earlier and make [Gray Woolen Shirt] until 115, and [Double-stitched Woolen Shoulders] to get from 115 to 125.

Once you hit 125, talk to the trainer to become Expert Tailor. You have to be level 20 to become Expert Tailor.

Recipes used to get from 50 to 125.
Skill Yellow Grey Item Components From - To Components needed
45 70 105 [Linen Bag] 3x [Bolt of Linen Cloth],
3x [Coarse Thread]
50 - 75 (25) 75x [Bolt of Linen Cloth],
75x [Coarse Thread]
75 90 105 [Bolt of Woolen Cloth] 3x [Wool Cloth] 75 - 105 (30) 90x [Wool Cloth]
75 100 135 [Woolen Cape] 1x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth],
1x [Fine Thread]
100 - 105 (5) 5x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth],
5x [Fine Thread]
100 110 130 [Gray Woolen Shirt] 2x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth],
1x [Fine Thread],
1x [Gray Dye]
105 - 115 (10) 20x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth],
10x [Fine Thread],
10x [Gray Dye]
110 135 170 [Double-stitched Woolen Shoulders] 3x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth],
2x [Fine Thread]
115 - 125 (10) 30x [Bolt of Woolen Cloth],
20x [Fine Thread]

Getting from 125 to 200 Edit

At 125, you can make [Bolt of Silk Cloth], which turns gray at 145. Since you're going to need at least 195 bolts to continue skilling up, you should easily reach 145.

If you're a decently high level (60-70) you can farm silk VERY quickly in the Scarlet Monastery Dungeon (the last room is the fastest and easiest, I find); about 2-3 stacks of silk per run.

Now make [Azure Silk Hood] to get from 145 to 160, [Silk Headband] to get from 160 to 170, and [Formal White Shirt] to get from 170 to 175.

At 175, you can make [Bolt of Mageweave], which turns gray at 185. To continue skilling up, you will need at least 90 bolts, so making these should easily get you to 185.

Now back to silk. Make [Crimson Silk Vest] to get from 185 to 200.

Once you hit 200, talk to the trainer to become Artisan Tailor. You have to be level 35 to become Artisan Tailor.

Recipes used to get from 125 to 200.
Skill Yellow Grey Item Components From - To Components needed
125 135 145 [Bolt of Silk Cloth] 4x [Silk Cloth] 125 - 145 (20) 80x [Silk Cloth]
145 155 165 [Azure Silk Hood] 2x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
2x [Blue Dye],
1x [Fine Thread]
145 - 160 (15) 30x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
30x [Blue Dye],
15x [Fine Thread]
160 170 180 [Silk Headband] 3x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
2x [Fine Thread]
160 - 170 (10) 30x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
20x [Fine Thread]
170 180 190 [Formal White Shirt] 3x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
2x [Bleach],
1x [Fine Thread]
170 - 175 (5) 15x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
10x [Bleach],
5x [Fine Thread]
175 180 185 [Bolt of Mageweave] 4x [Mageweave Cloth] 175 - 185 (10) 40x [Mageweave Cloth]
185 205 225 [Crimson Silk Vest] 4x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
2x [Red Dye],
2x [Fine Thread]
185 - 200 (15) 60x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
30x [Red Dye],
30x [Fine Thread]

Getting from 200 to 275 Edit

First, make [Crimson Silk Vest] to get from 200 to 205, and [Crimson Silk Pantaloons] to get to 215.

Make [Orange Mageweave Shirt] to get to 225.

Make [Black Mageweave Gloves] to get from 225 to 235 and [Black Mageweave Shoulders] or [Black Mageweave Headbands] to get from 235 to 250.

At 250, make [Bolt of Runecloth] until it turns gray at 260. Use these to make [Runecloth Belt], which turns yellow at 270, so you should be able to reach 275 using this recipe.

Note: [Runecloth Belt] disenchants well, so if you have disenchanting resources available, this is a good opportunity to recoup some costs.

Once you hit 275, you will need to speak with the trainers in Outland to become a Master Tailor. You have to be level 50 to become Master Tailor. See Tailoring Trainers for the names and locations.

Recipes used to get from 200 to 275.
Skill Yellow Grey Item Components From - To Components needed
185 205 225 [Crimson Silk Vest] 4x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
2x [Red Dye],
2x [Fine Thread]
200 - 205 (5) 20x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
10x [Red Dye],
10x [Fine Thread]
195 215 235 [Crimson Silk Pantaloons] 4x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
2x [Red Dye],
2x [Silken Thread]
205 - 215 (10) 40x [Bolt of Silk Cloth],
20x [Red Dye],
20x [Silken Thread]
215 220 230 [Orange Mageweave Shirt] 1x [Bolt of Mageweave],
1x [Orange Dye],
1x [Heavy Silken Thread]
215 - 225 (10) 10x [Bolt of Mageweave],
10x [Orange Dye],
10x [Heavy Silken Thread]
215 230 260 [Black Mageweave Gloves] 2x [Bolt of Mageweave],
2x [Heavy Silken Thread]
225 - 235 (10) 20x [Bolt of Mageweave],
20x [Heavy Silken Thread]
230 245 275 [Black Mageweave Shoulders] or [Black Mageweave Headband] 3x [Bolt of Mageweave],
2x [Heavy Silken Thread]
235 - 250 (15) 45x [Bolt of Mageweave],
30x [Heavy Silken Thread]
250 255 260 [Bolt of Runecloth] 4x [Runecloth] 250 - 260 (10) 40x [Runecloth]
255 270 300 [Runecloth Belt] 3x [Bolt of Runecloth],
1x [Rune Thread]
260 - 275 (15) 45x [Bolt of Runecloth],
15x [Rune Thread]

Getting from 275 to 350 Edit

Make [Runecloth Bag] to get to 280, then make [Runecloth Gloves] to get to 300.

Note -- if you value [Rugged Leather] more than [Runecloth], you can start making [Runecloth Gloves] at 275 instead of the bags. Also, for those who do not have access to a character with skinning, it may be cheaper to create [Brightcloth Cloak] as it requires [Gold Bar] instead of leather which tends to be a considerably cheaper option on most servers. Likewise, if you are also leveling enchanting, both [Runecloth Gloves] and [Brightcloth Cloak] disenchant into [Dream Dust]. Making the gloves and/or cloaks instead of the bags will give you a head start on the approximately 290 [Dream Dust] required to go from enchanting skill level 245-290.

At 300, make [Bolt of Netherweave], which turns gray at 325. You are going to need at least 430 bolts to get to 360, so this should get you to 325 just fine.

At 325, you can make [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave], which becomes gray at 340. You are going to need at least 90 bolts to eventually get to 375, so make those. If you are not at 340, make some more bolts until you are. The bolts are needed in most high-level tailoring recipes, so they are not wasted. However, if you do not want to make more bolts than needed for this guide, make [Netherweave Boots] for those last points to 340 instead.

Make [Netherweave Robe] to get to 350.

Getting from 350 to 375 Bc icon Edit

Note -- If you have Wrath of the Lich King, go to one of the Northrend ports to learn Grandmaster tailoring. Then finish leveling to 375 with Bolt of Frostweave. This recipe will turn gray at 375 but it will not go to waste.

Make [Netherweave Tunic] to get to 360.

Make [Imbued Netherweave Robe] or [Imbued Netherweave Tunic] to get to 375.

  • As noted above, these recipes can only be bought by someone Neutral or Friendly with Scryer, but if you are Aldor, a Scryer friend can buy them for you.
  • For a visual of the items you need to level from 360 to 375 using these recipes, please see the image to the right. This does not include items like [Rune Thread].
ItemsNeeded
Items Needed To Level From 360-375

Congratulations, you now have 375 skill in tailoring.

A couple of nice money savers:

  • It could be much cheaper to craft [Bolt of Soulcloth] from 345 to 355. (And use those bolts to craft [Soulcloth Gloves] later on.) It depends on your server's AH prices and/or how far your guild has gotten in Karazhan.
  • At 350, make your first [Primal Mooncloth]/[Spellcloth]/[Shadowcloth]-- good chance for 3 "free" bumps. (free 'cause you know you're going to do it anyway ;))
  • If you are a caster who is trying to make the 3-piece purple BoP set, make the first piece at 360, and the second piece at 374 (it's still orange, so it might save you multiple attempts), and you will save the cost of making at least 1 [Imbued Netherweave Robe], which are well over 25Gold worth of materials each.
  • If you are an enchanter or you have a friend or guild mate who is, disenchanting the uncommon and rare items that you manufacture can help recoup the cost of the materials, and can also be an aid in leveling the enchanting skill itself.
Recipes used to get from 275 to 375.
Skill Yellow Grey Item Components From - To Components needed
260 275 305 [Runecloth Bag] 5x [Bolt of Runecloth],
2x [Rugged Leather],
1x [Rune Thread]
275 - 280 (5) 25x [Bolt of Runecloth],
10x [Rugged Leather],
5x [Rune Thread]
275 290 320 [Runecloth Gloves] 5x [Bolt of Runecloth],
2x [Rune Thread]
280 - 300 (20) 100x [Bolt of Runecloth],
40x [Rune Thread]
300 305 325 [Bolt of Netherweave] 5x [Netherweave Cloth] 300 - 325 (25) 125x [Netherweave Cloth]
325 330 340 [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave] 3x [Bolt of Netherweave],
2x [Arcane Dust]
325 - 340 (15) 45x [Bolt of Netherweave],
30x [Arcane Dust]
335 345 355 [Netherweave Boots] 6x [Bolt of Netherweave],
2x [Knothide Leather],
1x [Rune Thread]
340 - 345 (5) 30x [Bolt of Netherweave],
10x [Knothide Leather],
5x [Rune Thread]
345 355 365 [Netherweave Tunic] 8x [Bolt of Netherweave],
2x [Rune Thread]
345 - 360 (15) 120x [Bolt of Netherweave],
30x [Rune Thread]
360 370 380 [Imbued Netherweave Robe] or
[Imbued Netherweave Tunic]
6x [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave],
2x [Netherweb Spider Silk],
1x [Rune Thread]
360 - 375 (15) 90x [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave],
30x [Netherweb Spider Silk],
15x [Rune Thread]

An alternative if you're just trying to get to 350, for [Primal Mooncloth]/etc, do the following. You should make a lot of imbued netherweave for skillups, as you will need 3 every 4 days to make your [Shadowcloth]/etc..., so even though it's expensive, you need it anyway. This also lets you wait a week or two and make cloth to get from 350 to 360, saving you some other funds.

Note -- Some will find real viability in making the Netherweave Bag in place of the Netherweave Boots depending on the value of the Knothide Leather and Netherweave Bag on your realm.

Recipes used to get from 300 to 355.
Skill Yellow Green Grey Item Components From - To Components needed
300 305 325 [Bolt of Netherweave] 6x [Netherweave Cloth] 300 - 325 (25) 150x [Netherweave Cloth]
325 330 335 340 [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave] 3x [Bolt of Netherweave],
2x [Arcane Dust]
325 - 340 (15) 45x [Bolt of Netherweave],
30x [Arcane Dust]
335 345 350 355 [Netherweave Boots] 6x [Bolt of Netherweave],
2x [Knothide Leather],
1x [Rune Thread]
340 - 345 (5) 30x [Bolt of Netherweave],
10x [Knothide Leather],
5x [Rune Thread]
340 340 345 350 [Imbued Netherweave Bag] 4x [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave],
2x [Netherweb Spider Silk],
1x [Greater Planar Essence]
340 - 345 (5) 60x [Bolt of Netherweave],
40x [Arcane Dust],
10x [Netherweb Spider Silk],
15x [Lesser Planar Essence]
345 355 360 365 [Netherweave Tunic] 8x [Bolt of Netherweave],
2x [Rune Thread]
345 - 350 (5) 40x [Bolt of Netherweave],
10x [Rune Thread]
350 350 355 360 [Primal Mooncloth] 1x [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave],
1x [Primal Life],
1x [Primal Water]
350 - 355 (5) 15x [Bolt of Netherweave],
10x [Arcane Dust],
50x [Mote of Life],
50x [Mote of Water]
350 350 355 360 [Shadowcloth] 1x [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave],
1x [Primal Shadow],
1x [Primal Fire]
350 - 355 (5) 15x [Bolt of Netherweave],
10x [Arcane Dust],
50x [Mote of Shadow],
50x [Mote of Fire]
350 350 355 360 [Spellcloth] 1x [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave],
1x [Primal Mana],
1x [Primal Fire]
350 - 355 (5) 15x [Bolt of Netherweave],
10x [Arcane Dust],
50x [Mote of Mana],
50x [Mote of Fire]

Another good way to get your skill from 350 to 375, if you aren't in a rush, is building the Arcanoweave set. These recipes ([Pattern: Arcanoweave Bracers][Pattern: Arcanoweave Boots][Pattern: Arcanoweave Robe] are BoP drops in Tempest Keep: Arcatraz and Mechanar. They seem to be hard on the [Arcane Dust] but they don't use [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave], so they're actually a lot easier on the pocketbook.

The Arcanoweave patterns.
Skill Yellow Grey Item Components Dropped By
350 360 370 [Arcanoweave Bracers] 6x [Bolt of Netherweave],
12x [Arcane Dust],
2x [Rune Thread]
The Arcatraz : Arcatraz Sentinel
360 370 380 [Arcanoweave Boots] 8x [Bolt of Netherweave],
16x [Arcane Dust],
2x [Rune Thread]
The Mechanar : Sunseeker Astromage
370 380 390 [Arcanoweave Robe] 12x [Bolt of Netherweave],
20x [Arcane Dust],
2x [Rune Thread]
Pathaleon the Calculator

Getting from 350/375 to 425 Edit

This will require about [Frostweave Cloth]x2000 (100 stacks) or [Bolt of Frostweave]x395 if you are purchasing them directly.

Wrath of the Lich King
Skill Range Ammount Item [Bolt of Frostweave] [Eternium Thread]
350-375 [Bolt of Frostweave]
375-380 5 [Frostwoven Belt] 3 1
380-385 5 [Frostwoven Boots] 4 1
385-395 10 [Frostwoven Cowl] 5 1
395-400 5 [Duskweave Cowl] 8 1
400-405 ~15 [Bolt of Imbued Frostweave] 2 [Infinite Dust]
405-410 5 [Duskweave Wristwraps] 8 1
410-415 5 [Duskweave Gloves] 9 1
415-425 10 [Frostweave Bag] 12 2 [Infinite Dust]x12

Getting from 425 to 450 Wrath-Logo-SmallEdit

This is for people who do not have Cataclysm. It will require an additional 100 stacks of [Frostweave Cloth] to complete.

Wrath of the Lich King
Skill Range Ammount Item [Bolt of Frostweave] [Eternium Thread]
425-435 ~25 [Frostweave Bag] 12 2 [Infinite Dust]x12
435-445 10 [Ebonweave Gloves] 10 1 [Frozen Orb] [Eternal Shadow]x8
445-450 5 [Mysterious Bag] 2 1 [Eternal Fire]x8 [Eternal Life]x4

Getting from 450 to 525 Cataclysm-Logo-SmallEdit

Cataclysm is required to continue past 450. High level WLK recipes will provide skill level-ups past 450 with Cataclysm. Some Cataclysm recipes will increase skill more than one level. The following list of Cataclysm items can be crafted.

Cataclysm
Skill Req Yellow Green Skill Granted Item Components
425 na 425-450 X [Bolt of Embersilk Cloth] [Embersilk Cloth]x5
450 460-470 470-475 X [Deathsilk Belt] [Bolt of Embersilk]x3, [Eternium Thread]
450 460-470 470-475 X [Deathsilk Bracers] [Bolt of Embersilk]x3, [Eternium Thread]

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