Tailor or dressmaker

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

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.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 28% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£16,205

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for tailor or dressmaker is £16,205

99 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 99. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for tailor or dressmaker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,205 per year. That is about £1,350 per month or £8.31 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,304, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £35,110

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 99 people are employed in the region.

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