Career outlook for dressmaker
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make unique clothes for customers that are made-to-measure to fit them perfectly.
You might specialise in a particular type of clothing like wedding dresses and bridalwear.
You could also make all sorts of other clothes for your customers including skirts, dresses, trousers and shirts.
- Discuss the customer’s requirements
- Show them fabric samples and pattern books
- Give advice on which combination of fabrics and patterns may give the best results
- Take the person’s measurements
- Adapt an existing pattern, or producing a new pattern for the customer
- Calculate the cost of the work, taking into account the fabric, trimmings and time needed
- Use the pattern to cut out the fabric pieces
- Loosely sew – tack – the fabric pieces together so the customer can try it on
- See how the garments fits and make adjustments to create a perfect fit
- Sew the pieces securely together to create the final garment
- Finish it with beading and embroidery
You would sometimes make a sample or a 'toile’ out of cheaper fabric to check the design and fit before cutting an expensive fabric.
You would use a machine for most of the sewing, but finish detailed work, such as beading or embroidery, by hand.
You could also do alterations and repairs.
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