How to become a Dressmaker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Dressmakers (also referred to as seamstresses) create and sew custom-made clothing, usually for women and children, including tops, skirts, trousers and dresses. Some specialise in making bridal wear, evening wear, prom dresses or theatrical costumes and many also provide clothing alteration services. While some dressmakers supply custom-made items from a range of stock designs, others create individually designed garments, typically bridal gowns, the designs for which are developed in close consultation with the client and to their particular specifications.

Dressmakers do not usually work on heavier-weight garments such as coats and suits (together with clothing for men) which are usually made by tailors.

Typical clients for dressmakers include people who require unique well-fitting garments, as well as trade clients such as fashion designers, retailers, arts and theatrical organisations, TV and film companies, historical re-enactment societies, museums and costume designers.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a dressmaker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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