Dressmaker or Tailor

Makes, alters and repairs women's and men's tailored garments, formal wear, couturier clothing, and special occasion wear such as suits, dresses, coats, evening wear and bridal wear.
Training time 12 months - 2 years
Average pay $36,355
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 2,100

What does a Dressmaker or Tailor do?

  • conferring with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments
  • interpreting designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications
  • cutting out master patterns
  • laying up and cutting fabric
  • pinning, basting and draping garment parts
  • sewing garments
  • fitting basted garments on customers and marking areas requiring alteration
  • sewing buttonholes, and sewing on buttons, hooks, eyes and press fasteners to finish garments


  • Costume Maker
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Wardrobe Coordinator

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production
Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
Certificate IV in Clothing Production
Certificate III in Clothing Production