Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wardrobe Specialty Worker
  • Waist Cutter
  • Vest Maker
  • Underwear Cutter
  • Underliner
  • Undercollar Maker
  • Under Baster
  • Try On Baster
  • Top Collar Maker
  • Top Collar Baster
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What They Do

  • Put in padding and shaping materials.
  • Sew buttonholes and attach buttons to finish garments.
  • Position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors.
  • Confer with customers to determine types of material and garment styles desired.
  • Repair or replace defective garment parts such as pockets, zippers, snaps, buttons, and linings.
  • Estimate how much a garment will cost to make, based on factors such as time and material requirements.
  • Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.
  • Make garment style changes, such as tapering pant legs, narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding.
  • Develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric.
  • Trim excess material, using scissors.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CSI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Social and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $29,830 with most people making between $21,130 and $42,280

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,590 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,330 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.



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