What is a Seamstress?


Seamstress Job Description

Seamstresses fabricate women’s garments such as dresses, coats and suits according to customer specifications and measurements. They must discuss the type of material, pattern or style to be used in the making of the garment.



Seamstress Job Duties

• Confer with customers to determine types of materials and garment styles desired

• Develop, copy, or adapt designs for garments, and design patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment design, construction, styling, and fabric

• Position patterns of garment parts on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors

• Perform and record measurements of customer

• Estimate cost of garment based on quality and quantity of materials to be used, as well as how much time it will take to make

• Examine tags on existing garments to determine any adjustments that need to be made

• Sew garments using needle and thread or sewing machine

• Trim excess material

• Insert padding and shaping materials





Scholarships for Becoming a Seamstress

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Seamstress. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Fine Arts Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a seamstress. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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