Profession dressmaker

Tailors fabricate, fit, alter and repair tailored or hand-made clothing. They produce made-to-measure clothing such as suits, overcoats, and dresses from textile fabrics, light leather, fur and other material, or make hats or wigs according to customer’s and clothing manufacturer’s specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic

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  • Furrier or related worker
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  • Handicraft worker in basketry or brushes
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  • Knitting machine operator
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  • Net maker
  • Sail maker
  • Shoemaking machine operator
  • Silk-screen printer
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  • Textile chemist
  • Textile designer
  • Textile ironing worker
  • Textile pattern-maker or cutter
  • Textile printer
  • Textile products assembler
  • Weaving machine operator

Knowledge

  • Standard sizing systems for clothing

    Standard sizing systems for clothing developed by different countries. Differences among the systems and standards of different countries, the development of the systems according to the evolution of the shape of the human body and their usage in the clothing industry.

  • Buttonholing

    The methods of buttonholing using specialised buttonholing machines in order to make buttonholes to wearing apparel.

  • Properties of fabrics

    The influence of chemical composition and molecular arrangement of yarn and fibre properties and fabric structure on the physical properties of textile fabrics; the different fibre types, their physical and chemical characteristics and different material characteristics; the materials used in different processes and the effect on materials as they are processed. 

  • E-tailoring

    The business model using softwares and technical applications in order to gather the information of clients for the manufacturing of bespoke products.

Skills

  • Cut fabrics

    Cut fabrics and other wearing apparel materials considering measures, placement of the fabrics in the cutting table in multiple layers, and making the most efficient usage of the fabric avoiding waste. Cut fabrics by hand, or using electric knives, or other cutting tools depending on the fabric. Use computerised systems or automatic cutting machines.

  • Manage briefs for clothing manufacturing

    Manage briefs from clients for the manufacturing of wearing apparel. Collect customers' demands and prepare them into specifications for the production.

  • Make made-to-measure garments

    Make garments and other wearing apparel according to specific measures and tailored patterns.

  • Use textile technique for hand-made products

    Using textile technique to produce hand-made products, such as carpets, tapestry, embroidery, lace, silk screen printing, wearing apparel, etc.

  • Sew pieces of fabric

    Operate basic or specialised sewing machines whether domestic or industrial ones, sewing pieces of fabric, vinyl or leather in order to manufacture or repair wearing apparels, making sure the threads are selected according to specifications.

  • Measure the human body for wearing apparel

    Measure the human body using conventional methods by hand with the tailor meter or using scanning technologies.

  • Distinguish fabrics

    Distinguish fabrics in order to determine differences among them. Evaluate fabrics based on their characteristics and their application in wearing apparel manufacturing.

  • Manufacture wearing apparel products

    Manufacture either mass-product or bespoke wearing apparels of various types, assembling and joining together wearing apparel components using processes such as sewing, glueing, bonding. Assemble wearing apparel components using stitches, seams such as collars, sleeves, top fronts, top backs, pockets.

  • Distinguish accessories

    Distinguish accessories in order to determine differences among them. Evaluate accessories based on their characteristics and their application in wearing apparel manufacturing.

  • Make technical drawings of fashion pieces

    Make technical drawings of wearing apparel, leather goods and footwear including both technical and engineering drawings. Use them to communicate or to convey design ideas and manufacturing details to pattern makers, technologists, toolmakers, and equipment producers or to other machine operators for sampling and production.

  • Alter wearing apparel

    Alter wearing apparel repairing or adjusting it to the clients/manufacturing specifications. Perform altering by hand or using equipment.

  • Draw sketches to develop textile articles using softwares

    Draw sketches to develop textiles or wearing apparel using softwares. They create visualisations of the motives, patterns or products in order to be manufactured.

Optional knowledge and skills

cad for garment manufacturing use 3d scanners for clothing embroider fabrics create patterns for garments create mood boards decorate textile articles sew underwear analyse scanned data of the body bundle fabrics draw sketches to develop textile articles pleat fabrics manufacturing of children clothing mass customisation