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51-6052.00 - Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.

Sample of reported job titles: Alterations Expert, Alterations Sewer, Couture Alterations Dressmaker, Couturiere, Custom Dressmaker, Designer, Dressmaker, Prototype Technician, Seamstress, Tailor

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Buttonhole machines — Buttonhole makers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Curves — French curves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic clothing irons — Steam irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dressmakers ruler — Tailoring rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fabric or tailors chalk holders — Chalk pencil holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Full body form or mannequin — Dress forms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ironing boards — Sleeve boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ironing machines or presses — Ironing presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Pressing mitts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotary paper or fabric cutter — Rotary fabric cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Transparent rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety pins — Coiless safety pins See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seam gauge — Seam measurement gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seam ripper — Seam rippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Serrated pattern tracing wheel — Serrated pattern tracing wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing kits — Point turners; Seam creasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing machines — Blind stitching machines; Chain stitching machines; Computerized sewing machines; Industrial sewing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing patterns — Seam rolls; Tailor's hams See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Dressmakers shears; Fabric machines; Pinking shears; Tailor's point scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam pressing machines — Steam fabric pressing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight pins — Steel straight pins See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Bookkeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Garment design software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Customer relationship management CRM software — Tailor Master See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — ArbelSoft TailorMax See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sew clothing or other articles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure clients to ensure proper product fit. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate sewing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut fabrics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design templates or patterns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth garments with irons, presses, or steamers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair textiles or apparel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 84% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 83% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 66% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 62% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 67% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 48% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 40% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 46% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RAE

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.72 hourly, $26,460 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 50,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 5,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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