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.

Quick Facts
Duties Cut, sew, mend, and alter clothing; tailors work with menswear, while dressmakers work with women’s clothing
Alternate Title(s) Bushelers, Shop Tailors, Skilled Tailors
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
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
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Apprenticeship or other extensive experience sewing and creating garments required
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Shop Owner or Fashion Designer
  • Tailor/Dressmaker
  • Sewer or Alterer

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