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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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.


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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.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textiles Scotland
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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