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Tailor Job Profile

July 15, 2024 - July 15, 2024   

Find out the typical duties requirements and opportunities of a tailor… 


Job Description

A tailor differs from a fashion designer, because a tailor provides a personal service to each client specialising in modifications and adjustments. Most tailors run their own businesses within a small shop, whereas others offer home services whilst working elsewhere. As a tailor you will complete a lot of repair work, and alterations, to suit a customer’s needs. Sometimes you may be required to create custom clothing. This entails letting the customer choose which fabric they want, taking the customer’s measurements and making the requested garment. The customer will then come back to your shop (or you will visit their home) for a fitting and to see if alterations are needed. The majority of tailors work 40 hours a week, but they are often needed to work weekends and evenings.

Typical Duties


Skills and Interests

Job Requirements

If you are starting up your own tailoring business you will need business acumen. Most tailors learn on the job, so you may wish to go straight from school to work as an apprentice. You will work alongside a master tailor and follow an extensive, lengthy on-the-job training process in order to become a skilled bespoke tailor.

It could be an advantage when looking for work if you have some relevant skills and there are a number of courses that may help you with this, for example:



After working within a company, you may decide to become self-employed, or progress to a supervisor or senior tailor role. Self employed tailors are able to set their own rates of charge. Starting salary for an inexperienced tailor is usually £11,500 to £13,000 a year. With experience it can rise to between £14,000 and £18,000. Then finally the highest wage for a senior tailor (Savile row outlets) can be around £50,000.

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