How to become a tailor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could start by doing a degree in fashion or fashion and textiles, and specialise in tailoring.
You could also do a degree in bespoke tailoring.
You'll usually need:
- a foundation diploma in art and design
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could take a college course to develop your sewing, pattern cutting and design skills. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Sewing and Textiles
- Level 2 Certificate in Pattern Cutting
- Level 3 Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring
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 could complete an advanced apprenticeship in garment making. You could also move on to a bespoke tailor and cutter higher apprenticeship, as your experience grows.
You may be able to get into the industry through the Savile Row Bespoke Association (SRBA) apprenticeship programme. This can take between 2 and 6 years to complete. You would apply directly to SRBA member tailoring companies. Competition for places is strong.
- entry requirements vary
You could start by working as an assistant to a master tailor. You may be able to arrange this yourself, if you can show you have a keen interest in making clothes and have sewing skills.