How to become a dressmaker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- short specialised training courses
You could take a college course before looking for work. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Fashion
- Level 2 Diploma in Fashion and Clothing
- Level 3 Award in Creative Craft using Dressmaking
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You may be able to get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in fashion and textiles, or by doing a garment maker advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply directly to work as a dressmaker. You would need experience and the ability to demonstrate to employers and clients that you have the skills they are looking for.
You can find short courses in dressmaking techniques at adult education centres and with private training providers. These include how to use a sewing machine, pattern making and pattern cutting, They may not lead to a qualification, but they will teach you some of the skills needed for this kind of work.
Some dressmakers teach themselves through online guides or books.
Experience in art and design can help you get into this job.
You can find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.