What do Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers do?
Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.
- Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
- Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
- Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.
- Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
- Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
- Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
- Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.
- Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.
- Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.
- Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.
- Maintain garment drape and proportions as alterations are performed.
- Press garments, using hand irons or pressing machines.
- Trim excess material, using scissors.
- Develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric.
- Make garment style changes, such as tapering pant legs, narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding.
- Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.
- Estimate how much a garment will cost to make, based on factors such as time and material requirements.
- Repair or replace defective garment parts such as pockets, zippers, snaps, buttons, and linings.
- Confer with customers to determine types of material and garment styles desired.
- Position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors.
- Sew buttonholes and attach buttons in order to finish garments.
- Put in padding and shaping materials.
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