CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Custom Tailors and Sewers

Custom Tailors and Sewers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Design/make tailored garments, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabrics. Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
 
Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
 
Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.
 
Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
 
Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
 
Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
 
Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.
 
Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.
 
Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.
 
Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.
 
Maintain garment drape and proportions as alterations are performed.
 
Press garments, using hand irons or pressing machines.
 
Trim excess material, using scissors.
 
Develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric.
 
Make garment style changes, such as tapering pant legs, narrowing lapels, and adding or removing padding.
 
Measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.
 
Estimate how much a garment will cost to make, based on factors such as time and material requirements.
 
Repair or replace defective garment parts such as pockets, zippers, snaps, buttons, and linings.
 
Confer with customers to determine types of material and garment styles desired.
 
Position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors.
 
Sew buttonholes and attach buttons in order to finish garments.
 
Put in padding and shaping materials.
 
Design/make tailored garments, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabrics.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Alteration Hand
Alteration Manager
Alteration Tailor Apprentice
Alterations Expert
Alterations Sewer
Alterations Supervisor
Alterations Tailor
Appliquer
Bridal Gown Fitter
Cloth Cutter
Clothing Busheler
Clothing Cutter
Coat Baster
Coat Cutter
Coat Maker
Coat Tailor
Collar Cutter
Collar Setter
Collar Tailor
Collar Turner
Corset Fitter
Couture Alterations Dressmaker
Couture Dressmaker
Couturiere
Crocheter
Custom Dressmaker
Custom Seamstress
Custom Tailor
Custom Tailor Apprentice
Designer
Drapery Maker
Drapery Seamstress
Dress Cutter
Dress Fitter
Dressmaker
Dressmaker Garment Fitter
Embroiderer
Embroidery Machine Operator
Embroidery Worker
Fancy Needleworker
Fitter
Fur Finisher Seamstress
Fur Tailor
Furrier
Garment Cutter
Garment Fitter
Hand Alterations Seamstress
Hand Alterations Tailor
Hand Loom Weaver
Hat Trimmer
Lacemaker
Laceworker
Merchant Tailor
Pants Cutter
Pants Maker
Prototype Technician
Purse Maker
Quilt Maker
Quilter
Sample Stitcher
Seamstress
Seamstress Fitter
Sewing Machine Operator
Shop Tailor Apprentice
Shop and Alteration Tailor
Slip Cover Maker
Slip Cover Seamstress
Slip Cover Sewer
Suit Maker
Surgical Garment Fitter
Tailor
Tailor Apprentice
Tailor Fitter
Tailor Garment Fitter
Top Collar Baster
Top Collar Maker
Try On Baster
Under Baster
Undercollar Maker
Underliner
Underwear Cutter
Vest Maker
Waist Cutter
Wardrobe Specialty Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Custom Tailors and Sewers
 
 
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