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64200 – Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners

Tailors, dressmakers and furriers make, alter and repair tailored clothing, dresses, coats and other made-to-measure garments. Milliners make, alter and repair hats. This unit group also includes alterationists who fit, alter and repair garments. They are employed by clothing retailers, clothing alteration shops, dry cleaners and garment manufacturing companies or they may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • Alterations dressmaker
  • Custom furrier
  • Custom tailor
  • Furrier
  • Garment alterationist
  • Milliner
  • Seamstress
  • Tailor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Tailors, dressmakers and alterationists
  • Make made-to-measure garments, such as suits and coats according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit
  • Design, select and/or modify commercial patterns to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications
  • Mark, cut and sew fabric
  • Fit, alter and repair garments according to customers' requests by hand or using sewing machines.
  • Make, alter, restyle and repair natural fur garments and accessories.
  • Design, lay out, cut, sew and press fabric, leather and other materials into hats and related accessories.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Tailors and dressmakers require demonstrated ability to sew, style and fit men's or women's garments and may require completion of college or other courses in tailoring or dressmaking.
  • Furriers require several years of experience in selecting pelts and making, fitting, styling and altering fur garments and accessories.
  • Milliners require demonstrated ability to sew, style and fit hats and caps.
  • Alterationists require demonstrated ability to sew, alter and repair garments.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training
Major group
64 – Sales and service representatives and other customer and personal services occupations
Sub-major group
642 – Occupations in personal service
Minor group
6420 – Occupations in personal service
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