£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£31,200 Average Salary
27 Average hours per week


Tailors and dressmakers prepare patterns and make, fit and alter tailored garments, dresses and other articles of clothing.

Main Tasks

  • Takes customer’s measurements and discusses required style and material;
  • Prepares individual or adapts stock pattern;
  • Examines fabrics or skins for flaws and prepares materials for cutting;
  • Arranges pattern on correct grain of fabric, marks position and cuts out garment parts with hand shears, electric knife or cutting machine;
  • Pins/tacks and fits garment on customer or dummy model and makes any necessary alterations;
  • Sews garment parts together by hand or machine, makes buttonholes and sews on fasteners and trimmings;
  • Shapes garment by pressing seams, pleats, etc.;
  • Makes alterations to finished garments according to customer’s requirements.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. A variety of relevant vocational courses, including apprenticeships in some areas, are available leading to qualifications up to Level 3.

What Tailors and dressmakers studied in higher education

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What Tailors and dressmakers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies39
(W7) Crafts1
(C1) Biology1
(W1) Fine art1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies1
(L2) Politics1
(W4) Drama48
(M2) Law by topic1
(P5) Journalism1
(D6) Food & beverage studies1

UK Prospects

8600 Workforce Size
4.77% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
1394 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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