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Career Details :: Shop and Alteration Tailors
Make tailored garments from existing patterns. Alter, repair, or fit made-to-measure or ready-to-wear garments.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Measures and marks alteration lines.
- Expands or narrows garment parts, such as waist or chest.
- Fits garment on customer to determine required alterations.
- Removes stitches from garment, using ripper or razor blade.
- Repairs or replaces defective garment parts, such as pockets, pocket flaps, and linings.
- Pins altering folds or marks on cloth at seams, darts, or necklines to indicate alterations to be made.
- Resews garment, using needle and thread or sewing machine.
- Presses garment, using hand iron or pressing machine.
- Inserts or eliminates padding in shoulders while maintaining drape and proportions of garment.
- Studies garment on customer and measures pieces, such as sleeves, pants, and hems, using tape measure.
- Records required alterations and instructions.
- Shortens or lengthens garment parts, such as sleeves or legs.
- Raises or lowers garment parts, such as collars or lapels.
- Examines tag on garment to ascertain necessary alterations.
- Bench Workers, Jewelry
- Fabric Menders, Except Garment
- Hand Compositors and Typesetters
- Pasteup Workers
- Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
- Performing General Physical Activities
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Provide a Service to Others
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done