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Tailors and dressmakers

Tailors and dressmakers prepare patterns and make, fit and alter tailored garments, dresses and other articles of clothing.


Median Salary

New workers start around £18,095. Normal pay is £22,779 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,175.

Daily Tasks

  • Makes alterations to finished garments according to customer.
  • Shapes garment by pressing seams, pleats, etc..
  • Sews garment parts together by hand or machine, makes buttonholes and sews on fasteners and trimmings.
  • Pins/tacks and fits garment on customer or dummy model and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Arranges pattern on correct grain of fabric, marks position and cuts out garment parts with hand shears, electric knife or cutting machine.
  • Examines fabrics or skins for flaws and prepares materials for cutting.
  • Prepares individual or adapts stock pattern.
  • Takes customer.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Science