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Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and hatters





Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and hatters fabricate, fit, alter and repair tailored or handmade clothing. They produce made-to-measure clothing such as suits, overcoats and dresses from textile fabrics, light leather, fur and other material, or make hats or wigs according to customers’ and clothing manufacturers’ specifications.
Tasks include -
(a) making overcoats, suits, skirts, shirts, blouses, lingerie, corsetry, hats, wigs and similar garments, often to clients’ individual requirements;
(b) selecting textile fabrics, leather or fur pelts matching the desired size, colour, texture and quality of the garment; cutting to shape them to garment pattern and arranging them on the pattern according to the design of the garment;
(c) making garment style changes, such as tapering trouser legs or narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding;
(d) selecting and modifying commercial patterns to customers’ and clothing manufacturers’ specifications and fit;
(e) fitting, altering and repairing tailored clothing, dresses, coats and other made-to-measure garments according to customers’ requests;
(f) making and caring for costumes used in theatrical, television and motion picture productions;
(g) folding, twisting and draping material such as satin or silk, or sewing ribbon or cloth in the form of artificial flowers or bows around crown and brim to shape and decorate hats;
(h) sewing and fastening together materials and hair strands to make wigs;
(i) blending shades of hair to give a natural appearance to wigs, arranging woven hair in specified positions and sewing hair together to form hairpieces;
(j) making, altering, restyling and repairing fur garments and other fur articles;
(k) reclaiming furs or skins from old coats, gluing fabric to the interior of fur coats and trimming fur garments.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Dressmaker
- Furrier
- Fur grader
- Hatter
- Milliner
- Tailor
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Textiles handicraft worker - 7318
- Sewing machine operator - 8153

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