Tailors and Dressmakers

Tailors and dressmakers cut, sew, mend, and alter clothing. Typically, tailors work only with menswear, such as suits, jackets, and coats, while dressmakers work with women's clothing, including dresses, blouses, suits, evening wear, wedding and bridesmaids gowns, and sportswear. Tailors and dressmakers are employed in dressmaking and custom-tailor shops, department stores, and garment factories; others are self-employed. Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers hold about 21,400 jobs in the United States.

Next Section: History

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bushelers, Shop Tailors, Skilled Tailors
Duties Cut, sew, mend, and alter clothing; tailors work with menswear, while dressmakers work with women’s clothing
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Large cities and other urban areas offer the most jobs, but opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Apprenticeship or other extensive experience sewing and creating garments required
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Shop Owner or Fashion Designer
  • Tailor/Dressmaker
  • Sewer or Alterer

Become a Vault Basic Member

Complete your Vault Profile and get seen by top employers