I like many of you, enjoy using http://www.wow-professions.com/ when leveling a trade skill. It is almost always the cheapest and quickest means of leveling up any profession. It is also a great tool for any gold maker, as one can choose a single mat required to level a profession and attempt to control that market (a post I will make at a later date). But today I wanted to talk about leveling Tailoring.
Of all the trade skills I have been leveling, Tailoring has been the most resource-exhaustive on the list, even more than Blacksmithing. One with a relative low ROI as well.
From levels 480-500, Wow-professions.com has the following recommendations
480-485 - 5 Spiritmend Leggings
485-500 - 15 Spiritmend Robe
The total mats coming to 110 Bolts of Embersilk and 40 Eternium Thread for an average cost of 3,145g!
Due to an influx of people leveling their tailoring, I have found that it is impossible to sell either of these on the AH for more than 25-30g. Valuing them on the high side of 30g each yields a return of 600g. Creating a net loss of 2545g.
Disenchanting does not leave one with a much better option. the Leggings have a 71% chance to give between 1-4 Hypnotic Dusts and a 29% of 1-4 Lesser Celestial Essences. 5 DE'ed leggings will yield approximately 3 Lesser Essences and 10 Dusts. Likewise the 15 Robes disenchant into (roughly) 27 Dusts and 10 Lesser Essences. This leaves one with 32 Dusts and 13 Lesser Essences, an AH value of 740g. A net loss of 2405g.
Meanwhile, I decide to craft two Otherworldly Bags and two Hyjal Expedition Bags. The mats here total 58 Bolts of Embersilk, 80 Volatile Life, 16 Hypnotic Dusts, 16 Greater Cosmic Essences and 2 Dream Shards. All said, a total cost of 2498g. I was able to sell each bag for 400g a pop, creating a net loss of only 1,298g.
This is a savings of over 1,100 gold! Until there are any other options out there, I feel this is the best way to go from 480-500.
Cheers - Brouck