A tailor designs and creates customised clothing, altering and repairing garments to fit clients perfectly, using sewing skills and creativity.

A tailor is a skilled professional who creates, alters, and repairs clothing to fit clients' preferences and measurements. They work with various fabrics, patterns, and designs to craft garments that are unique and well-fitting. Tailors possess expertise in sewing techniques, pattern making, and garment construction. They collaborate closely with clients to understand their requirements and provide recommendations based on their body shape, style, and occasion. Tailors may work independently, in small workshops, or within larger fashion companies, ensuring that each piece of clothing meets the highest standards of craftsmanship.


  • Consult with clients to determine their clothing needs.
  • Take precise measurements to ensure proper fit.
  • Create and modify patterns according to client preferences.
  • Sew and assemble garments using various fabrics.
  • Perform alterations and repairs on existing clothing.
  • Stay updated with fashion trends and techniques.
  • Provide expert advice on fabric selection and styling.


  • Proficiency in sewing, stitching, and garment construction.
  • Strong understanding of different fabrics and their characteristics.
  • Creativity in designing and modifying patterns.


  • Independent tailoring shops.
  • High-end fashion boutiques.
  • Custom clothing studios.
  • Bridal and formalwear shops.
  • Costume and theatre production companies.

Further Information

  • Look for online resources, blogs, and forums dedicated to tailoring and garment construction.
  • Visit local tailoring shops to observe their work and inquire about their experiences.
  • Explore vocational schools or institutes that offer tailoring courses.
  • Consider enrolling in fashion schools that provide comprehensive training in garment creation and alteration.
  • Attend fashion events, workshops, and seminars to connect with professionals in the industry.
  • Seek apprenticeship opportunities with experienced tailors to gain hands-on experience.
  • Join online communities or social media groups dedicated to tailoring to learn from experts and share experiences.

Programmes by Study Institutions

Related Occupations

A PACE Career Centre Product. © All rights reserved | Developed by Netgen (Pty) Ltd. Disclaimer: Please see disclaimer