What is a Tailor?

A Tailor is a skilled person who makes fitted clothes for individual customers.

Many Tailors specialise in alteration work, as there is a demand for this service in retail stores and dry-cleaners offering alterations as part of their service.

Being a Tailor is a really exciting career choice.  Due to ever-changing fashion – it will keep you on your toes and therefore give you job satisfaction.  You won’t get bored.

What does a Tailor do?

  • helping the customer choose the correct fabric and style for  the garment
  • taking the customer’s measurements
  • developing a design for the garment or modifying an existing design
  • drawing an individual pattern or altering a standard pattern to fit the customer
  • cutting the material for the garment
  • assembling and sewing the garment
  • fitting the garment on the customer and marking areas requiring alterations
  • doing the alterations
  • inserting zips, creating button-holes and sewing on buttons and any other decorative features

Are you … ?

  • interested in style, clothes and materials?
  • good with your hands?
  • detail orientated?
  • accurate?
  • technically orientated?
  • a person with good sewing skills?
  • able to communicate with people?
  • patient?
  • a person with good eyesight?

How do I become a Tailor?

You may get on-the-job training alongside an experienced Tailor but to jump ahead of the rest, you may consider doing a few courses.
Courses in pattern making or fashion design may help you jump ahead of the rest.

Education and Training Colleges (FET) may offer programmes for specific Trade or Skills in tailoring.

Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to find your nearest FET College.

We advise contacting these institutions directly.

Here are few examples:

  • INTEC:

Offers a Pattern Cutting and Design Diploma


Offers a short course in Pattern Making (Ladieswear)


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Pattern Maker or Fashion Designer

Is becoming a Tailor the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.