Dress maker . By: Bianca Duong. Job Description. Custom dressmakers make clothing according to the needs and requests of their customers. They work on tailored or shaped garments, such as coats and suits for men or women.
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Custom dressmakers first help their customers choose the kind and color of fabric they want and the style of the garment to be made.
Custom dressmakers need to know all about the different kinds of fabrics and the latest styles. Sometimes they stock fabric in their shops. Otherwise they get it from another store or use fabric that the customer supplies.
However, retailers often place more emphasis on a person's previous experience in apparel manufacture, design, or alterations when making hiring decisions
In high school it is helpful to take courses in tailoring and sewing, art, design, and business.
Sewing clothing for oneself or for family members and friends will help to improve skills.
Prospective tailors and dressmakers can continue training at a trade school or two-year college. They can also get on-the-job training in a custom tailoring or dressmaking shop, in a garment factory, or in a clothing or department store.
There are some formal apprenticeship programs for tailors.
Salary for custom dressmakers vary widely, depending on experience, skill, and location.
The median hourly wage is $10.79, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Workers for large employers may receive benefits that include child care and merchandise discounts. self-employed custom dressmakers and those who work for small shops usually provide their own benefits.