How to become a Tailor

Tailors design and make garments such as bespoke suits, dresses, skirts, trousers, overcoats, uniforms and other made-to-measure clothing.

Personal requirements for a Tailor

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Enjoy clothing design
  • Good eyesight with normal colour vision
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Good eye for detail
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good communication skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Tailor

Tailors may perform the following tasks:

  • Discuss the type of material to be used and the design of garments with customers
  • Take customers' measurements and record their sizes
  • Make a draft of a master pattern for garments, or alter patterns to fit customers
  • Position and pin patterns onto fabric and cut the fabric
  • Loosely piece together the garment parts using a needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • Fit garments on customers and mark areas requiring alterations
  • Sew the garment parts together, and sew buttons and buttonholes to finish the garments
  • Press the completed garment to mould and shape it.

Working conditions for a Tailor

Tailors may work in made-to-measure or ready-made tailoring. In ready-made tailoring, the garments are sewn by machinists. Tailors in mass-production factories usually perform one of the listed tasks, whereas tailors in small firms may be involved in all tasks.


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Tailor

Tailors design and make garments such as bespoke suits, dresses, skirts, trousers, overcoats, uniforms and other made-to-measure clothing.

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