Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
SOC: 51-6052.00

Description:

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
40,500 employed

Projected (2024):
37,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Alteration Hand
  • Alteration Manager
  • Alteration Tailor Apprentice
  • Alterations Expert
  • Alterations Sewer
  • Alterations Supervisor
  • Alterations Tailor
  • Appliquer
  • Bridal Gown Fitter
  • Cloth Cutter
  • Clothing Busheler
  • Clothing Cutter
  • Coat Baster
  • Coat Cutter
  • Coat Maker
  • Coat Tailor
  • Collar Cutter
  • Collar Setter
  • Collar Tailor
  • Collar Turner
  • Corset Fitter
  • Couture Alterations Dressmaker
  • Couture Dressmaker
  • Couturiere
  • Crocheter
  • Custom Dressmaker
  • Custom Seamstress
  • Custom Tailor
  • Custom Tailor Apprentice
  • Designer
  • Drapery Maker
  • Drapery Seamstress
  • Dress Cutter
  • Dress Fitter
  • Dressmaker
  • Dressmaker Garment Fitter
  • Embroiderer
  • Embroidery Machine Operator
  • Embroidery Worker
  • Fancy Needleworker
  • Fitter
  • Fur Finisher Seamstress
  • Fur Tailor
  • Furrier
  • Garment Cutter
  • Garment Fitter
  • Hand Alterations Seamstress
  • Hand Alterations Tailor
  • Hand Loom Weaver
  • Hat Trimmer
  • Lacemaker
  • Laceworker
  • Merchant Tailor
  • Pants Cutter
  • Pants Maker
  • Prototype Technician
  • Purse Maker
  • Quilt Maker
  • Quilter
  • Sample Stitcher
  • Seamstress
  • Seamstress Fitter
  • Sewing Machine Operator
  • Shop and Alteration Tailor
  • Shop Tailor Apprentice
  • Slip Cover Maker
  • Slip Cover Seamstress
  • Slip Cover Sewer
  • Suit Maker
  • Surgical Garment Fitter
  • Tailor
  • Tailor Apprentice
  • Tailor Fitter
  • Tailor Garment Fitter
  • Top Collar Baster
  • Top Collar Maker
  • Try On Baster
  • Under Baster
  • Undercollar Maker
  • Underliner
  • Underwear Cutter
  • Vest Maker
  • Waist Cutter
  • Wardrobe Specialty Worker


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
  • Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
  • Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.
  • Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.
  • Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.
  • Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.
  • Maintain garment drape and proportions as alterations are performed.
  • Press garments, using hand irons or pressing machines.
  • Trim excess material, using scissors.
  • Develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric.
  • Make garment style changes, such as tapering pant legs, narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding.
  • Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.
  • Estimate how much a garment will cost to make, based on factors such as time and material requirements.
  • Repair or replace defective garment parts such as pockets, zippers, snaps, buttons, and linings.
  • Confer with customers to determine types of material and garment styles desired.
  • Position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors.
  • Sew buttonholes and attach buttons to finish garments.
  • Put in padding and shaping materials.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Blind stitching machines
  • Buttonhole makers
  • Chain stitching machines
  • Chalk pencil holders
  • Coiless safety pins
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computerized sewing machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Dress forms
  • Dressmakers shears
  • Fabric machines
  • French curves
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Ironing presses
  • Measuring tapes
  • Pinking shears
  • Point turners
  • Pressing mitts
  • Razor knives
  • Rotary fabric cutters
  • Seam creasers
  • Seam measurement gauges
  • Seam rippers
  • Seam rolls
  • Serrated pattern tracing wheels
  • Sewing needles
  • Sleeve boards
  • Steam fabric pressing machines
  • Steam irons
  • Steel straight pins
  • Tailor's hams
  • Tailor's point scissors
  • Tailoring rulers
  • Transparent rulers
  • ArbelSoft TailorMax
  • Bookkeeping software
  • Garment design software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Tailor Master


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220