The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
A. Tailors make made-to-measure garments, such as suits and coats according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit; design patterns to fit measurements; mark, cut and sew fabric; and may alter and repair garments as required.
B. Dressmakers make women's garments; select and modify commercial patterns to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, mark, cut and sew fabric; and may alter and repair garments as required.
C. Furriers make, alter, restyle and repair natural fur garments and accessories.
D. Milliners design, lay out, cut, sew and press fabric, leather and other materials into hats and related accessories.
E. Alterationists fit, alter and repair garments according to customers' requests by hand or using sewing machines.
1. Clothing manufacturing - 41.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 29.0%
3. Retail trade - 13.0%
4. Textile product mills - 2.0%
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. You need to demonstrate your ability to sew, alter, and repair clothing, hats, furs, and accessories.
3. To be a tailor or dressmaker, you also need to demonstrate your ability to fit/style clothing, and you may need college or other related courses.
4. To be a furrier, you need several years' experience in selecting pelts.
3. Family Studies (Home Economics)
The average hourly wages for Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners is $11.13/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.