Tailors design and make one-off suits, jackets and coats for individual customers. They also alter and repair clothes.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements.
You could take a college course in fashion and textiles, sewing machine skills or pattern cutting, but this isn't essential.
2. Skills required
- excellent hand-sewing and machining skills
- creativity and the ability to visualise designs
- IT skills
- pattern making and cutting skills
- accuracy and attention to detail
- budgeting skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- taking customers' measurements
- discussing styles and fabric
- working out how much the clothing will cost and how long it will take to make
- creating a design by hand or using computer software
- creating a new pattern or adapting an existing one
- making a mock-up garment using cheaper fabrics
- fitting the mock-up to the customer and making alterations
- cutting out fabric pieces to make the garment
- fitting the garment to the customer and marking final adjustments
- stitching clothes by hand or machine
- carry out repairs and alterations to clothing
Experienced: £15,000 to £18,000
Highly Experienced: £22,000
In bespoke shops like in Savile Row, London, salaries can be around £40,000.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work around 40 hours a week. You may need to work evenings and weekends.
You'll be in a sewing room, attached to a shop or small factory. You'll spend a lot of time doing close-up work.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a senior tailor or supervisor, or you could set up your own business.
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Last updated: 28 March 2017