Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (NOC 6342)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median 14.40$
Maximum 22.00$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
5,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Tailors, dressmakers and furriers make, alter and repair tailored clothing, dresses, coats and other made-to-measure garments. Milliners make, alter and repair hats. This unit group also includes alterationists who fit, alter and repair garments. They are employed by clothing retailers, clothing alteration shops, dry cleaners and garment manufacturing companies or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • - Tailors make made-to-measure garments, such as suits and coats according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit; design patterns to fit measurements; mark, cut and sew fabric; and may alter and repair garments as required.
  • - Dressmakers make women's garments; select and modify commercial patterns to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, mark, cut and sew fabric; and may alter and repair garments as required.
  • - Furriers make, alter, restyle and repair natural fur garments and accessories.
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  • - Milliners design, lay out, cut, sew and press fabric, leather and other materials into hats and related accessories.
  • - Alterationists fit, alter and repair garments according to customers' requests by hand or using sewing machines.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Tailors and dressmakers require demonstrated ability to sew, style and fit men's or women's garments and may require completion of college or other courses in tailoring or dressmaking.
  • * Furriers require several years of experience in selecting pelts and making, fitting, styling and altering fur garments and accessories.
  • * Milliners require demonstrated ability to sew, style and fit hats and caps.
  • * Alterationists require demonstrated ability to sew, alter and repair garments.

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