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Tailor or Dressmaker

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Tailors and dressmakers make and sometimes alter clothes to fit individual customers. Tailors mainly make jackets, suits, trousers, kilts and coats. Dressmakers make skirts, dresses, shirts and other outfits.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries are around £18,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £22,000 a year. In haute couture (fashion houses producing exclusive designs for private clients), tailors' and dressmakers' salaries can exceed £50,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Although the vast majority of clothing is sold off-the-peg, there is a small but steady demand for bespoke tailoring (clothes made to measure for an individual client). Many employers specialise in areas such as traditional Asian wear, kilt outfits or bridal and evening wear.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2022
610
1 %
FALL
2027
604

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textiles Scotland
Website: http://www.textilescotland.com
Twitter: @textilescotland

The Scottish Enterprise website provides a list of textile companies in Scotland as well as other information about the industry.

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