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Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Time Management

      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 30230/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.53/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,140
    • Yearly Projected Openings 130

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Shears
    • Sewing patterns
    • Sewing machines
    • Sewing kits
    • Buttonhole machines

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Inventory management software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Accounting software

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