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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 £16,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £20,000 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 and UK

  Scotland
2018
558
2.9 %
RISE
2023
574
  United Kingdom
2018
6745
1.4 %
RISE
2023
6837

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textile Institute
Tel: 0161 237 1188
E-mail: tiihq@textileinst.org.uk
Website: https://www.textileinstitute.org/
Twitter: @textileinst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTextileInst

The Textile Institute is the chartered professional institute for the textile, clothing and footwear industries. Members can gain internationally recognised qualifications.

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