A tailor is a person who makes or alters clothing. Some tailors design patterns and are part of the process from start to finish. They choose the fabric for the pattern design, cut the fabric, sew the garment and then fit the garment to the individual. Tailors then press the garment and have it ready for the customer to wear.
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Understand that if you want to become a tailor, you'll need some basic math skills. Learn how to measure and use those measurements with accuracy. If you become a self-employed tailor, you'll need basic bookkeeping skills as well.
Consider enrolling in a college of fashion and design. You'll need to have knowledge that includes drawing and using diagrams. A good fashion design school will help you focus your creativity to become a tailor who designs original clothing.
Apply your natural talent for working with clothing and make or alter clothes for family and friends. You'll gain experience and the practice will improve your skills.
Check with local dry cleaning services. They often employ people full-time to do alterations. This can provide not only great experience, but contacts for your future business as well.
Know that a good tailor can have numerous opportunities. You can be self-employed, work in a family-owned business or a specialty clothing shop. You'll also find clothing factories around the country and internationally who are always looking for new talent.
Focus on developing good people skills, including excellent communication. You'll be working with the public and with all sorts of personalities.
Tips and warnings
- Becoming a good tailor requires attention to detail. Make sure you are a detail-oriented person who can work well on your own without supervision.