Clothing Trades Workers

Clothing Trades Workers create and alter garments, usually in industrial settings, but occasionally in high end factories for fashion designers. They work with a variety of fabrics and other materials, cut them according to the pattern and sew the pieces together to create wonderful garments for retail shops, department stores and fashion boutiques.

Duties and tasks

  • Creating buttonholes and other adornments
  • Creating sketches and sample patters
  • Cutting patterns and fabric
  • Performing alterations, if needed
  • Performing fittings
  • Pinning fabric
  • Pressing the completed garments
  • Sewing pieces of fabric together
  • Speaking with customers and designers regarding material and design of garment

Skills required

  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to use industrial sewing machines
  • Attention to detail
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of hand sewing techniques
  • Proper time management skills
  • Steady hand

Working conditions

For the most part, industrial companies offer clean and comfortable spaces for their Clothing Trades Workers. There are some factories that do not have air conditioning or heating, which can cause problems for some people. It tends to be loud in garment making facilities so ear protection is always advised.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia

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  • Clothing Patternmaker
  • Clothing and Soft Furnishing Production Worker
  • Clothing, Fabric and Textile Factory Hand
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Footwear Worker
  • Material Handler
  • Sewing Machinist
  • Shoe Repairer
  • Tailor