Tailor/Dressmaker Kaihanga Kākahu

Tailors/dressmakers design, make, alter and repair clothing. 

Tailors/dressmakers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss customers' clothing requirements
  • take customers' measurements and fit clothing on customers
  • estimate how much the clothing will cost to make
  • source materials
  • mark and cut the material according to the design
  • sew clothing
  • do alterations or add details such as padding to clothing
  • design or alter patterns.

Physical Requirements

Tailors/dressmakers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination, normal colour vision and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for tailors/dressmakers includes:

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • work as a sewing machinist
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.

Personal Qualities

Tailors/dressmakers need to be:

  • creative, with an eye for colour
  • quick and neat
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to be honest with their clients about how clothes look on them
  • good at customer service
  • good communicators and listeners, with the ability to interpret a client's requirements.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for tailors/dressmakers includes:

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • work as a sewing machinist
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, mathematics and processing technologies.

Tailor/Dressmakers can earn around $19-$20 per hour per year.

Tailors/dressmakers may progress to set up their own business, or with further training become garment technicians, patternmakers or fashion designers.

Tailors/dressmakers may specialise in:

  • alterations
  • wedding and special occasion gowns
  • suits
  • corporate wear
  • work wear.
Tailor/Dressmaker

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