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Tailors, Dressmakers, & Custom Sewers

Also called: Alterations Sewer, Dressmaker, Seamstress, Tailor

What they do:
Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.
On the job, you would:
  • Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
  • Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.


  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • design
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Bookkeeping software
Point of sale POS software
  • ArbelSoft TailorMax
Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Tailor Master


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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