Dressmakers and tailors make, fit and alter a range of garments, which may include fitting a man's suit, replacing zippers on a skirt or creating an haute couture wedding gown.
''When the customer approaches me for a suit, I need to pinpoint what colours, patterns and fabrics will work best with their skin tones and physique. This is something you learn over time and becomes an intuitive process,'' says one industry tailor. Tailors do what their names suggest. They make made-to-measure clothes to fit and suit their clients' individual requirements, taking into consideration factors such as style, fabric and on what occasions the garment will be worn. After consulting with the customer, and showing them fabric samples, the tailor then takes a range of measurements with a tape measure. The pattern is either created or an existing one used, and the garment is cut out. The pieces are then basted (tacked) and sewn together, by hand and/or machine. Before the collars, pockets and trims are sewn on, the tailor must do a fitting with customers to check the fit and make any necessary alterations. Usually there are one or two fittings before the final product is ready.
Dressmakers are involved in a similar process, usually working from standard patterns that may require alterations to improve the fit or style. Dressmakers are involved in a similar process, usually working from standard patterns that may require alterations to improve the fit or style.