Human Services > Personal Care Services

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.

Common job titles of Tailors include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 53.63% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.

  • 17.08% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Tailors REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Tailors can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.

Essential Tasks

    Trim excess material, using scissors.

    Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.

    Estimate how much a garment will cost to make, based on factors such as time and material requirements.

    Maintain garment drape and proportions as alterations are performed.

    Position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors.

    Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.

    Press garments, using hand irons or pressing machines.

    Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.

    Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.

    Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.

    Make garment style changes, such as tapering pant legs, narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding.

    Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.

    Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.

    Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.

    Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.

    Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.

    Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.

Regular Tasks

    Put in padding and shaping materials.

    Sew buttonholes and attach buttons to finish garments.

    Confer with customers to determine types of material and garment styles desired.

    Repair or replace defective garment parts such as pockets, zippers, snaps, buttons, and linings.

    Develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric.

Occasional Tasks

What Tools and Technologies do Tailors use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.


Transparent rulers

Tailoring rulers

Tailor’s point scissors

Tailor’s hams

Steel straight pins

Steam irons

Steam fabric pressing machines

All Tools

Sleeve boards

Sewing needles

Serrated pattern tracing wheels

Seam rolls

Seam rippers

Seam measurement gauges

Seam creasers

Rotary fabric cutters

Razor knives

Pressing mitts

Point turners

Pinking shears

Measuring tapes

Ironing presses

Industrial sewing machines

French curves

Fabric machines

Dressmakers shears

Dress forms

Desktop computers

Computerized sewing machines

Computer laser printers

Coiless safety pins

Chalk pencil holders

Chain stitching machines

Buttonhole makers

Blind stitching machines


Garment design software

Google Docs

Microsoft Excel

ArbelSoft TailorMax

Bookkeeping software

Inventory tracking software

Tailor Master


Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Arm-Hand Steadiness

Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Everything Tailors Should Know…

Tailors typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓



Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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