Make women's garments according to customer specifications.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dressmakers do?

Makes women’s garments, such as dresses, coats, and suits, according to customer specifications and measurements: Discusses with customer type of material, pattern, or style to be used in making garment. Measures customer to determine modification from pattern, using tape measure. Positions and pins pattern sections, such as collar, sleeve, or waist, on fabric, and cuts fabric with scissors following pattern edge. Pins or bastes together fabric parts in preparation for final sewing. Sews fabric parts by hand or operates single-needle sewing machine that joins fabric parts to form garment. Sews felling stitch in hem of garment by hand to conceal thread. Presses garment, using hand iron, to smooth seams and remove wrinkles [PRESSER, HAND]. May draft standard pattern according to measurements of customer and adapt pattern to obtain specified style. May make garment according to picture furnished by customer.

Should I be a Dressmaker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Coat Maker, Couture Alterations Dressmaker, Couture Dressmaker, Custom Dressmaker, Dress Cutter, Duplicate Maker See More

    How to become a Dressmaker

    Most Dressmakers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9rhaaa&chl=no+college+%2871%25%29|certificate+%2820%25%29|associate%27s+%289%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,71,71
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