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Dressmakers or Tailors make, alter and repair women's and men's tailored garments, formal wear, couturier clothing, and special occasion wear such as suits, dresses, coats, evening wear and bridal wear.


  • confers with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments
  • interprets designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications
  • cuts out master patterns
  • lays up and cuts fabric
  • pins, bastes and drapes garment parts
  • sews garments
  • fits basted garments on customers and marks areas requiring alteration
  • sews buttonholes, and sews on buttons, hooks, eyes and press fasteners to finish garments
  • pressing and finishing work.


  • stressful.

To become a Dressmaker and Tailor

Skills employers are looking for

  • Sewing

  • Customer Service

  • Communication Skills

  • Machinery Operation

  • Time Management

  • Sales

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