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Tailors & Dressmakers

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

Tasks

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

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. A variety of relevant vocational courses, including apprenticeships in some areas, are available leading to qualifications up to Level 3.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £21,000 per annum and can progress up to £26,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,547 employed Tailors & Dressmakers in the region.

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https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

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https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/