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Tailors & Dressmakers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Tailors & Dressmakers specialize in producing made-to-measure garment. Their duties include discussing with customers on the type of garment to be made; measuring customers and fitting garments; cutting fabric and assembling garment parts; making garment style changes; altering and repairing tailored clothing.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Good workmanship in garment construction, finishing and pressing

Tailors & Dressmakers must be able to measure customer, understand a variety of fabrics and their suitable application to garment construction.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 6-10

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Tailors & Dressmakers typically work indoors.


  • Buttonhole machines
  • Domestic clothing irons
  • Dressmakers ruler
  • Full body form or mannequin
  • Ironing boards
  • Ironing machines or presses
  • Protective gloves
  • Razor knives
  • Rotary paper or fabric cutters
  • Safety pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing kits
  • Sewing machines
  • Sewing needles
  • Sewing patterns
  • Shears - Dressmakers shears; Fabric machines; Pinking shears; Tailor's point scissors
  • Steam fabric pressing machines
  • Steel straight pins
  • Measuring tapes

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