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Tailors and Dressmakers
Tailors and Dressmakers design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.
What they do
- Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
- Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
- Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.
- Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
On a daily basis, Tailors and Dressmakers fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations. They sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
A typical day for a Tailor and Dressmaker will also include:
- Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.
- Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.
- Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.
- Maintain garment drape and proportions as alterations are performed.
- Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
Besides their typical day, Tailors and Dressmakers also sew buttonholes and attach buttons to finish garments. They may also put in padding and shaping materials.
On a weekly to monthly basis, Tailors and Dressmakers position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors. They might also develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric.
In addition, they confer with customers to determine the types of material and garment styles desired.
Although specific duties may vary, many of them make garment style changes, such as tapering pant legs, narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding.
To some Tailors and Dressmakers, it is also their responsibility to repair or replace defective garment parts such as pockets, zippers, snaps, buttons, and linings.
What is it like working as one
Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.
Suitable for people who value achievements and are results-oriented.
This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.
It is not too difficult to get into this career. Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.
Not suitable for people who like to solve problems mentally.
One of the lowest paying jobs.
Demand for this career is not growing.
Should you become one
People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
They also like working with forms, designs, and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.