Tailors and Dressmakers
On the Job
Tailors and Dressmakers design, make, change, repair, or fit clothing.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Smooth garments with irons, presses, or steamers.
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Design templates or patterns.
- Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
- Measure clients to ensure proper product fit.
- Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
- Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
- Record operational or production data.
- Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
Typical Working Conditions
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Dealing with external customers.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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