Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-4.3% (decline)


What Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Do

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

Other Job Titles Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers May Have

Alterations Expert, Alterations Sewer, Bridal Designer, Clothing Pattern Designer, Custom Dressmaker, Custom Sewer, Custom Tailor, Dressmaker, Seamstress, Tailor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Cosplayer ,

Gibson Costume Shop Inc

Waking up extra early to put the makeup on, then the outfit for the character and style the wig and put it on. It sounds easy, but it really isn't. Some characters have gear and weapons and so much more.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Measure parts, such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.
  • Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.
  • Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
  • Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.

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