Tailor career

When you were younger, did you design and make clothes for your dolls or even your younger siblings? Is fashion an area which interests you? Did you enjoy taking fashion and sewing classes in high school? If any the above describes you, then you should consider a career as a tailor.
Tailors are sometimes known as dressmakers, but essentially they both do the same thing. They are responsible for producing custom make clothing for their customers. In the past, custom made clothing was far more expensive than ready-to-wear clothing because of the labor and materials involved in making small quantities rather than mass productions. However, as a result of the global trade, it has become cheaper and more chic to custom make your work clothes, so that it’s not the same look as everyone else’s.
In terms of an education to become a tailor, this was a trade that was once handed down from previous generations. If the father or mother was a tailor in the 1800s or even the early 1900s, the children would be able to learn the trade from them. However, as fashion has evolved to become a major industry, the trade of a tailor has evolved to become part fast moving industry. As a result, while a formal education is not required to become a tailor, it is essential for students who wish to pursue this career path to be enrolled in some sort of training to hone in the skills of design, sewing and selecting the right materials for each piece.
The essential skills and qualities of a tailor include:
• Design: Your customers may bring in a photo from a magazine and asks you to reproduce the piece or they may ask you to design an original piece for them. Either way, you have to know how to translate the vision to reality through design. While some designers still produce sketches before fabricating them into patterns, most designs are produced via computer software. As a result, tailors are required to know how to use design programs to keep up with the pace.
• Sewing: Not all tailors are required to sew, depending on the size of your operation, you may have the ability to hire someone who just takes care of the sewing. However, if you are someone who is just starting out or is a small business, then you will be required to do the sewing yourself. Hence this is an important skill for any tailor to have.
• Eye for detail: People are paying premium dollars to have their clothes made with you. Therefore everything has to be perfect from the type of material chosen, the cut of the cloth down to the colour of the thread.
• Communication skills: Tailors are usually small businesses that grow through the word of mouth. As a result, communication skills are important in various ways. One, customers are coming in several times for fittings and you have to be able to communicate with them on the changes to make sure they are within their expectations. Two, you have to be able to present the design and the product to customers. Three, communications skills are important for business development as you are not only trying to retain your existing customers, but also to grow new ones.
For more information on a career path as a tailor, please contact your career counselor.

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