Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary
Median pay for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States is around $15.38 per hour. While a majority report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and just under one in three have dental, as well. Women account for the majority of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. The majority of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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Job Description for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer
Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers generally work for specialty clothing sellers at premium levels of service, and common employers include places such as bridal shops and custom, high-end haberdasheries. They may also work at premium clothing service companies, executive dry cleaners, and other tailoring and altering shops.Read More...
Those in this position work by creating, altering, and finishing custom-created clothing for customers. Generally, they must first acquire accurate measurements; these measurements are often far more precise than those used by customers for selecting clothing themselves. They then guide customers through a variety of templates and/or custom offerings based on the measurements and expected use for the garment. In bridal shops, for example, dressmakers work with wedding parties to narrow down dress choices, colors, and accessories, and offer suggestions based on their desires. For custom-tailored suits and dresses, multiple test fittings may be necessary, and the tailor will make additional measurements and notes during these fittings and alter the garment accordingly to achieve the best-tailored fit.
Much of the work of a tailor or custom sewer also involves alterations; clients may require articles of clothing to be let out or drawn in. Department stores and specialty clothing stores may also employer custom sewers to hem and finish pant legs and jacket sleeves of "unfinished" articles of clothing to match a customer's measurements.
To work as a tailor, dressmaker, or custom sewer, technical school accreditation or an associate's degree in fashion design or tailoring may be required. Candidates will then gain experience in department stores or high-end dry cleaners which offer alterations, while bridal shops may only consider candidates who already have extensive practical experience. This can be a very customer service-oriented position, so applicants should be outstanding communicators with an aptitude for working with commercial sewing equipment.
Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Tasks
- Take customer measurements and communicate any necessary alterations.
- Maintain sewing machines and report any damages or problems.
- Ensure alterations are accurate, complete, and meet specified standards.
- Mark or pin alteration measurements,
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Pay by Experience Level for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer
Pay by Experience for a Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer has a positive trend. An entry-level Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 19 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 34 salaries. A Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 29 salaries.
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