Dressmakers sometimes called “custom tailors” have the technical skills of a seamstress but also a creative eye for clothing style fit and design. The website httpeducation-portal.com describes individuals in this profession as having excellent fashion sense and being skilled at constructing clothing that is made-to-measure for a specific customer. Sometimes dressmakers use patterns but they can also create their own clothing designs. In addition they are skilled at altering clothing so that it fits correctly. Dressmakers may work on a variety of garments but some specialize in a particular type of clothing such as dresses or gowns. A customer may have to return for several fittings until the garment is completed. Dressmakers must have an understanding not only about clothing styles and construction but also about which fabrics will work well for a particular design. Also they must be able to take accurate measurements and calculate the amount of materials they will need as well as to estimate the cost of a garment or alternation. It’s important that they have skills matching colors designs patterns and fabrics. There is no formal educational requirement for becoming a dressmaker other than excellent sewing skills and an understanding of fashion and clothing construction. However classes in fashion design are helpful and some dressmakers take classes or even pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Dressmakers often work in small shops or from their homes. Job prospects for skilled dressmakers are good and according to salary.com annual earnings range from $25000 to $35000.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $30000
High Salary: $35000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Sews dresses and clothes.
Alters clothing.
Specializes in making dresses.
Knows a great deal about fabrics.
Also Called: Tailor
Custom Tailor
Custom Sewer
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/325/Custom-Tailor-Dressmaker.html