If you want to become a dressmaker, you won't necessarily need formal education and training. However, you must have excellent sewing skills, plus the ability to produce flawless garments on a consistent basis. Assisting a dressmaker or doing alterations in a bridal shop or dry cleaning store are possible ways to earn experience before you work as a a dressmaker in your own business.
Some dressmakers work from their own home providing custom-made clothing. A dressmaker may specialize in one type of garment, such as wedding dresses, coats or suits. Owning a dressmaking shop is another possibility if you hope to become a dressmaker. If you'll be running your own company from your home or in a store you lease, you'll need to learn business skills either through research or formal courses. Learning to create a business plan should be the first step, as this will help you create your dressmaking company and identify your customer base.
Thinking and planning your dressmaking around your potential clients is essential if you hope to become a dressmaker and stay in business. Keeping up with fashion trends is important, as is being able to sew for different body types. Understanding your client's wardrobe needs and budget is crucial. It's necessary to find out what the need is for dressmaking skills and be able to fill it if you want to work as a dressmaker working in your community. You'll need a definite market to target since most people today buy ready-made clothing from retail stores.
Sewing stylish clothes for people who have difficulty finding their size in stores may be a good target market if you want to become a dressmaker. You could even have an e-commerce business and process customer orders through your company's website. Making garments for little people or full-figured people could be your specialty. Offering a full range of wardrobe pieces such as shirts, pants, suits, coats, dresses, skirts and blouses would provide a good customer selection, while still keeping your overhead costs low since you'll be sewing to order.
Having dressmaking mannequin forms, or dummies, in the sizes of your clients is necessary. You'll have to carefully consider your supplies if you want to become a dressmaker. Sewing machines are expensive and you'll need to have good quality ones made for commercial use if you plan on a full-time dressmaking business. Wearing clothes you've made yourself is a good way of advertising your skills to potential clients, as is making clothes for friends and relatives.