There are different aspects to a dressmaker, you may make patterns for several companies in the fashion industry or work as a seamstress, either way you will be deemed as a dressmaker. Being a dressmaker, you have the option of either working for a company or running your own business. If you are successful at running your own business you will be calling all the shots, and if you are working for a company you will have to follow the shots of another for an annual salary for about 27,000 dollars per annum. You do not necessarily need to have a formal background in terms of education to get into the industry, but being creative and having certain other skills will indeed help.
The outcome of a dressmakers duties is ultimately ending up with a finished piece or garment, but there is a process that takes place. Firstly, the client will be measured in order to make the overall clothing, once the measurements are taken the fabric will be cut appropriately, and then the sewing of the pieces can start to ultimately put them together at the end. Once everything is put together, the dressmaker will have to schedule a fitting so that the client can try on the clothing to make sure it fits and to write down of any alterations that need to made.
As mentioned before, you do not need official training, but taking a few fashion design courses, and sewing classes would be of help along the way. This training will provide you with the knowledge of several cutting and sewing techniques and other insights needed for specializing of a certain category. Some go on to the extent of getting degrees pertaining to the field they wish to specialize in, and others who wish to start their own business get a degree in business management, so they have idea of how to balance the dressmaking and business aspects.
With the necessary knowledge from the fashion design school in Sydney, proper training has to be gained. This can be done by interning and learning from other seamstresses in the industry. Since the industry is considered to be highly competitive it will be difficult to get an apprentice or internship, but if you have to get an opportunity grab it as soon as you can and do not let it pass. You can always start off with working at a small dress shop and getting some form of experience in the industry, this will come in handy in the future.
There are certain things that can be taught and others which need to be inherent. To survive in this particular industry you need to have a few inherent qualities, for instance, patience, motivation, attention to detail and good hand eye coordination. You will have to be able to communicate effectively to your customers, to get to know their needs as well as convey to them your insights. For those who wish to pursue the option of starting their own business will need leadership and management skills as well. If ever you are thinking of getting into the industry you need to adopt the above mentioned duties are what you will have to perform to succeed.