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What Does a Tailor Do

Do you want to become a tailor? Below you can see which courses you can follow for this profession and which vacancies there are for tailors. But what does a haircut or tailor actually do?

What Does a Tailor Do

As a tailor or basic fashion employee, your activities mainly consist of adjusting, repairing or fitting clothes. Think of sewing, stitching, hemming, hot knifing, hemming, strengthening, ingesting or decorating fabric or (pieces of) clothing.

Other activities may include fastening or replacing buttons, hooks, zippers, press studs and other accessories or sewing on clothing details such as collars, splits or pockets. Sometimes you also work with machines. Such as sewing machines and embroidery machines.

You've to monitor or operate this and sometimes also maintain it. As a tailor you're also good at recognizing and processing materials and fabrics.

You can work as a self-employed person (from home), in a sewing workshop, clothing repair shop or for a company that makes, repairs or changes clothing. At some companies you work with other tailors or you work with one pattern maker (when making patterns).

In some vacancies, a tailor is requested for industrial applications. Think of entertaining sails, flags or cloths for awnings. Want to become a tailor? Certainly companies are asked for a secondary education in tailor (basic), clothing designer, fashion school. But there are also plenty of clothing makers who, from a hobby, first perform clothing repairs for friends and acquaintances and at some point run a successful clothing repair company independently and from home.

Features of tailors

Below are the personality traits that suit the profession of tailor. Do you've the same personality? Then tailor might be something for you. Not sure which personality traits you've? Then find and take a career choice test.

Realistic

  • physical work
  • work where you can get dirty
  • operate machines or equipment
  • working in nature and / or with animals
  • being outside
  • driving vehicles

Artistic

  • create and design beautiful things
  • creative activities such as painting and photography
  • expressive work like acting and singing
  • be original and imaginative, view things in a different way
  • interest and a taste for culture

Entrepreneurial

  • initiating and starting work
  • directing and leading people
  • take and bear responsibility
  • in business: work where you run financial risks

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