Are you an absolute whiz when you sit behind a sewing machine? Is your mind full of great ideas that are just buzzing around in your head? Are you anxious to get these designs down in a concrete form with your choice of material choices? Although at first consideration you may think that being a dressmaker may not be a very lucrative or successful career option, with some level of determination and consistent performance on your part there is sure to be a significant amount of opportunities. It is important to note that in this profession you will want to ensure that your designs and your creations are unique in their appearance and that they are well made; this is sure to help your work stand out against fellow dressmakers.
Let's begin by dispelling a couple of myths about this occupation. First of all, dressmakers do not just make dresses, nor are they only females. In fact, many of today's most prominent dressmakers are male. A second important factor to note is that while a formal college degree program is likely to help you fine tune your skills set, it is possible for dressmakers to land a job in this industry without completing a degree.
In your career as a dressmaker you will need to be very adept at math and measurement skills, be able to effectively communicate with your clients and colleagues, and of course, be able to sew any number of different types of materials and patterns. Once you take your dressmaking course and become a dressmaker you may also be expected to create custom, tailored pieces for specific clients. In this process, you will be expected to conduct several fitting sessions with your client, to discuss the likes and dislikes of the project as it progresses, and to create a desirable end product that fits the client well. Once you have fine-tuned your sewing skills and gained a significant amount of relevant experience, it will be possible for you to use your dressmaking abilities in several different employment venues. For instance, many dressmakers choose to work in a freelance capacity, in which they are able to set their own hours and rate of pay and to be more selective about the types of projects that they work on. In addition, you may also be able to seek employment with an established fashion designer. In this professional capacity you will be expected to take a fashion designer's sketches and appropriately create their vision using chosen textiles and fabrics. It may also be possible for you to work as a dressmaker with clothing boutiques, garment manufacturers, dry cleaning businesses, or retail department stores.
Ultimately, it is completely feasible for you to work as a dressmaker and to have a successful professional career. In addition, there are many different avenues of employment that you can choose to pursue. However, it is important to understand that some of the more common employment options may require you to have completed a specific educational plan. Find sewing classes that are availble from most Art and Design schools.