Tailors and dressmakers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Tailors and dressmakers prepare patterns and make, fit and alter tailored garments, dresses and other articles of clothing.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. A variety of relevant vocational courses, including apprenticeships in some areas, are available leading to qualifications up to Level 3.

Typical tasks

  • takes customer’s measurements and discusses required style and material;
  • prepares individual or adapts stock pattern;
  • examines fabrics or skins for flaws and prepares materials for cutting;
  • arranges pattern on correct grain of fabric, marks position and cuts out garment parts with hand shears, electric knife or cutting machine;
  • pins/tacks and fits garment on customer or dummy model and makes any necessary alterations;
  • sews garment parts together by hand or machine, makes buttonholes and sews on fasteners and trimmings;
  • shapes garment by pressing seams, pleats, etc.;
  • makes alterations to finished garments according to customer’s requirements.

Common job titles

Hand, alteration
Maker, blouse
Cutter, hosiery
Maker, dress
Cutter, blouse
Tacker (tailoring)
Marker (clothing mfr)
Assistant, cutter's (clothing mfr)
Copyist (millinery mfr)
Cutter (embroidering)
Cutter, material
Cutter, collar
Cutter, machine (clothing mfr)
Fitter, dress
Fitter, tailor's
Improver, cutter
Cutter, glove
Nailer (fur goods mfr)
Cutter, tailor's
Cutter, lingerie
Hand, second (clothing mfr)
Assistant, milliner's
Fitter and trimmer
Cutter (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Maker, trouser
Tailor and outfitter
Cutter, under
Cutter, cap
Cutter, knife (leather glove mfr)
Measurer (clothing mfr)
Assistant, tailor's
Maker, shirt
Foreman (tailoring)
Cutter, clothing
Cutter, mantle
Cutter, clothier's
Cutter, pattern (clothing mfr)
Fixer, trimmer
Hand, general (dressmaking)
Maker, waistcoat
Cutter and fitter
Cutter, garment
Fitter, clothing (retail trade)
Cutter (haberdashery mfr)
Cutter, fur
Cutter, leather (clothing mfr)
Maker, pattern (clothing mfr)
Fitter (clothing mfr)
Marker-up (clothing mfr)
Cutter, measure
Shaper (clothing mfr)
Worker, glove
Assistant (tailoring)
Maker, coat
Cutter, costume
Cutter, table (glove mfr)
Cutter (hat mfr)
Cutter, knife, band
Copyist, milliner's
Cutter, skin (clothing mfr)
Maker, kilt
Cutter (glove mfr)
Cutter, alteration
Cutter, lining (clothing mfr)
Cutter, press (made-up textiles mfr)
Blocker, fur
Cutter, hand (clothing mfr)
Cutter, pattern, clothing
Maker, mantle, fur
Pleater (clothing mfr)
Shaper, collar
Furrier (fur goods mfr)
Maker, garment
Machinist, cutting (clothing mfr)
Cutter, cloth (made-up textiles mfr)
Fitter, alteration
Picker (clothing mfr)
Hand, first (clothing mfr)
Maker, cap (clothing mfr)
Layer-up (clothing mfr)
Cutter, tie
Improver, millinery
Cutter, shirt
Cutter, knife, hand
Fitter-up (clothing mfr)
Cutter, knife, machine
Cutter (clothing mfr)
Cutter, fabric
Cutter, hat
Maker, skirt
Cutter, trimming
Puncher (glove mfr)
Assistant, alteration
Cutter, linen (button mfr)
Preparer (clothing mfr)
Cutter, stock
Fitter, coat
Cutter, cloth (clothing mfr)
Fixer (clothing mfr)
Assistant, room, cutting (clothing mfr)
Maker, costume
Worker, hat

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.