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Clothing Alteration Worker

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Clothing Alteration Worker
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Last Updated: March, 2014

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Clothing alteration workers make alterations and repairs to all types of garments. They use sewing machines and do hand stitching.


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Clothing alteration workers make adjustments to all types of garments, such as dresses, trousers, skirts and jackets. The work is carried out from instructions given by the customer. Garments may be altered by hand or by machine. Garments are pressed once alterations are complete.  
 
Various kinds of fabric are worked on including silk, cotton, linen, wool and synthetics, such as polyester. Tools used include sewing machines, needles, pins and scissors. Alteration workers need to maintain their own machines.  
 
Many alteration workers combine this type of work with tailoring or dressmaking.

 


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You will need good practical skills. In particular, you need nimble fingers and should be capable of working neatly and quickly without making mistakes.  
 
A good working knowledge of sewing techniques is essential and a basic knowledge of sewing machines is helpful.  
 
You need to be patient as the work can be detailed and require careful attention. Some of the work can demand specialist skills, for example work on theatrical costumes. You also need to be accurate in your work and capable of following verbal and written instructions carefully.  
 
As a large number of alteration workers are self-employed, therefore, business skills are also useful.


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Organisation: Irish Clothing and Textile Alliance (ICATA)
  Address: Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1529/1580
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