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Dressmaker

Dressmakers create made-to-measure clothing like dresses, trousers and blouses for their customers.

Potential salary

£13,500 to £22,000

Employment by 2024

-5.45%

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • discussing the client’s needs
  • giving the client advice on fabrics and patterns
  • taking measurements
  • changing an existing pattern, or creating a new pattern for the client
  • costing the work
  • using the pattern to cut out the fabric pieces
  • tacking the fabric pieces together for a fitting
  • making samples or ‘toiles’
  • using a sewing machine or sewing by hand
  • fitting the garment and making adjustments to create a perfect fit
  • keeping your accounts, if self-employed

You could work in a workshop or from home.

With experience you could take on a supervisory role, move into a related career like fashion or textile buying, or become self-employed.

You could also work in costume production for theatre, TV and film.

You can find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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