Tailors and Dressmakers

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


New workers

New workers start around £9,949. Normal pay is £22,784 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £33,523.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 8,370 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Makes alterations to finished garments according to customer’s requirements.

  • 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’s measurements and discusses required style and material.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Sewing

  • Garment Alterations

  • Textiles

  • Garment Construction

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Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • English Language

  • Coordinating

  • Sales

  • Time Management

  • Ability To Meet Deadlines

  • Management

  • Operations

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.