Tailoring is quite a useful skill within WoW Classic. Not only can tailors craft cloth armor, but they can also create bags for players to hold additional items. This makes tailoring an excellent skill for making money too. Check out the rest of the guide to learn how to raise your tailoring level from 1-300!
Unlike most other crafting professions, there is not a gathering skill associated with tailoring. Instead, you’ll use cloth found on humanoids all across Azeroth. Better quality cloth drops from higher level humanoids. You can use our cloth farming guide to help gather materials for all levels.
Tailoring is fairly useful, not only because of the bags, but also because they can create powerful cloth armor. Some of the best armor in the game is made through crafting, and without a maxed tailoring level, you won’t be able to learn the recipes! And who can forget the beloved runecloth bag, the best bag you’ll have until you get really lucky! Many enjoy tailoring because it doesn’t require a gathering profession. That’s true, but you’ll still have to kill a bunch of humanoids to collect the cloth!
The easiest way to level your tailoring is by starting in one of your faction’s major cities. For Alliance, Stormwind is recommended for less traveling later on, while Undercity is more advantageous for Horde players. Here’s where you can learn each stage of tailoring:
Apprentice (1-75) – You can find these trainers at major cities. For Horde, that includes Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff. Alliance can seek out Ironforge, Darnassus, or Stormwind. If you’re lost, just ask a guard!
Journeyman (75-150) – Once again, a major city if your best bet. Don’t be afraid to ask guards for directions!
Expert (150-225) – Once you’re at a minimum of 125 tailoring, you have the ability to learn expert tailoring. Horde players will need to train with Josef Gregorian in Undercity, while Alliance must seek out Georgio Bolero in Stormwind.
Artisan (225-300) – For the final leg of tailoring training, both factions remain split. Alliance must head to Dustwallow Marsh to find Timothy Worthington, while Horde players can search out Daryl Stack in Hillsbrad Foothills.
Tips for Success
There are many dyes and threads you’ll need to train your tailoring, but they’re all easily purchased at a tailoring vendor next to your trainer. They do add up, but they shouldn’t cost a significantly noticeable amount.
Cloth drops from humanoids anywhere in the world. More likely than not, you’ll need more runecloth than anything else. Arguably the best location to farm for runecloth is in Silithus. Use our cloth farming guide for help.
When you leave to go train in artisan level tailoring, bring all the cloth you’ll need to reach 300! The last thing you’d want to do is realize you need to buy more or visit a bank when you’re already in the middle of a zone!
These are roughly the number of materials you’ll need to level from 1-300 in tailoring. Some figures may vary slightly based on how lucky (or unlucky) you are on skill ups. For simplicity’s sake, bolts aren’t included in this total because you’ll make them with the cloth listed here, but you can see bolt totals under each segment of leveling. Don’t forget that you can buy threads and dyes at tailoring vendors! Here’s what you’ll need:
The very first recipe you’ll make for a little while. You’ll want to make a total of 80 bolts, but you’ll stop gaining levels after 50 tailoring. Make sure you keep all of them as you’ll need them for future patterns!
With all the coarse thread these capes use, you really start to wonder where it all goes! You’ll need a total of 30 coarse thread to make 10 reinforced linen capes. Don’t forget to learn journeyman tailoring from a trainer!
For your next few levels, you’re going to turn those bolts of wool into some fancy shirts! Make a total of 5 gray woolen shirts so you’re high enough level to make the next pattern. Gray dye is also sold by tailoring vendors.
Up next on the agenda are some shoulder pads! You’ll want to make a total of 15 of these. Consider selling these on the auction house as they’re often sought after as one of the lowest level shoulders available.
You’ve finally made it through all the itchy wool recipes. Now you can switch to something softer, like silk! You’ll be making silk bolts for quite a while. Sit back and make a total of 190 for upcoming patterns.
These colorful blue bad boys are another popular piece of armor. They’re one of the earlier hoods available to wear (besides engineering goggles). You’ll only need 5 to reach 150, but you’ll make another 10 to reach 160. So feel free to make 15, but don’t forget to learn expert tailoring to raise your skill cap to 225! For Alliance players, this means training in Stormwind, while Horde players must head to Undercity!
Be careful with this next recipe, because it calls for bleach! Don’t worry, it won’t actually hurt you, but you will need to purchase it from a tailoring vendor. Make 5 of these formal shirts to hit 175 to unlock mageweave cloth recipes.
Great work so far, you’ve now made it to the penultimate type of cloth! This is the last type you’ll work with before using runecloth. You’ll need to make a total of 100 bolts so you’re ready for armor recipes coming up. You won’t use them for a little bit, but make sure you hold on to them!
These vibrant red vests are all the rage amongst Azeroth fashionistas! That’s great news for you, because you’ll need to make 20 of them. You’ll know you’re are the right spot when just 95 skill level separate you from being capped!
For the next 5 skill levels, you finally get a choice! You’ll use those mageweave bolts you saved from a little while ago, but both the vest and leggings have the same material cost. Because of that, you can really make either one of them to reach 220 tailoring.
Now that you’re 220 tailoring, you’ll want to seek out the artisan tailoring trainer suited for your faction. For Alliance players, that’s Timothy Worthington in Dustwallow Marsh. For Horde players, go to Hillsbrad Foothills to find Daryl Stack. Make 5 black mageweave gloves to reach 225, or make a total of 10 because you’ll make them until 230.
This is the last time you’ll deal with that filthy mageweave! Just kidding, mageweave is somehow always clean, it must be magic! You’ll need to make at least 20 shoulder pieces to hit 250 tailoring, the milestone required to start making runecloth recipes.
Great job making it here so far! Take a deep breath, because you’ve still got a little ways to go. The good news is that you’re almost to runecloth bags, the biggest bags that can be made! Make a total of 180 runecloth bolts so you’re ready to finish this journey off.
Now that you just made all of those lovely runecloth bolts, turn them into belts! 15 will do the trick, as long as you’re at 275 tailoring.
Runecloth Bag x5 (5x Bolt of Runecloth + 2x Rugged Leather + 1x Rune Thread)
Ah yes, the real reason to level tailoring! 14 slot bags are the biggest bags that can be crafted. 16 slot bags are only found through rare drops, so the market for 14 slot bags is huge! Unfortunately, they do require rugged leather. Whether you collect it yourself or buy it, use it to craft 5 runecloth bags.
This recipe can only be purchased from the vendor Qia in Winterspring or on the Auction House (at a premium) if the vendor is sold out.
You’re now on the final tailoring pattern you’ll need to reach 300! These tough gloves also require rugged leather. Once you have enough for it, make a total of 20 runecloth gloves to reach the coveted 300 skill level mark. Congratulations on your new level 300 tailoring skill! Have fun making bags and robes!
Endgame Tailoring Recipes from Vendors
Here are all of the vendors offering endgame tailoring patterns. Most of them do come with a reputation requirement, meaning you’ll need to farm that out before you can even learn to craft each recipe.