What distinguishes a common tailor from a designer tailor? Have you ever pondered it? Well, a common tailor learns how to sew, join, reinforce, and finish clothing; he repairs or alters existing clothes, and develops a new piece of clothing as well. However, all of this is almost nothing compared to what a professional tailor does; doing just what a common tailor does is like taking the first step towards becoming a professional designer tailor!
It takes immense practice and willpower to become a professional designer tailor. It’s actually a form of art that impels you to design new and lavish clothes. Therefore, most people quit midway. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. If it’s your dream, and if you love making new designs, you can accomplish it with sheer determination and establish a successful career even if it’s impossible for others…
Tips to Become a Professional Designer Tailor
There are numerous tips from numerous people. However, there is a chance that none of them would bring the positive end results. Since, in this particular field, you must follow all the tips in a sequence. So, even if you glean all the professional tips, but don’t follow them in an appropriate order, there is a great chance that you would sign the death warrants of your success… I’ve arranged some extraordinary tips for you, in an appropriate order, which would assist you to become a professional designer tailor. Though, these tips sound simple, but they’ve the latent power, and their effectiveness is colossal.
Learn the Basics
Take and master the first steps. The more you would master the first, basic steps, the more you would open the floodgates of success. Learning and mastering the basics means accepting and correcting your minor weaknesses, which can eventually put you in the ultimate position of power and fame… Learn the basics like sewing, joining, reinforcing, and finishing. Once you master these basic things, you’re ready for the hard parts…
Generally, tailors use those tools that are associated with alterations, like measuring tapes. But, measuring tapes aren’t the only things which tailor use for measurements; they also use short rulers to mark the buttonhole spacing and clothing hem-lengths of the fabric. Furthermore, there are also special rulers, like French curve, that facilitates tailors to make alteration adjustments to angled seam lines.
Other tools that a tailor must learn are sewing machines, serger, cutting tools, and other sewing notions… The sewing machines help tailors to rapidly sew pieces of a fabric together to make a custom designed outfit, whereas sergers bind the edges of fabric, which prevents it from fraying… On the other hand, cutting tools, like scissors and trimming-shears, help tailors to cut fabric, trim loose threads, and make special alterations cuts… Sewing notions consist of hand-sewing needles, thimbles, thread, safety pins, and other small, non-mechanical sewing tools; you must perceive the purpose of all these tools and know how to use them proficiently.
Work as an Apprentice
Yes! Work as an apprentice under the guidance of an experienced and professional tailor; you may have learned all the basics, but you need to have perfect command over them. An experience tailor will further polish your skills from all possible angles. He would flood you with simple and complex tasks in order to increase your understanding and capability.
If you can’t find someone who is willing to make you his/her apprentice, then start working with a professional tailor. Not only will you get paid more than a normal apprentice, but you will also earn a million-dollar experience. Now, of course, you’ll certainly make mistakes on this stage, if it’s your first time. But, you can demand a low salary in order to cover your weaknesses… Remember that, first, your target is to polish skills, not to earn money.
Refine Your Skills
No one is going to teach you how to refine your skills; you need to do this on your own. Even if you’ve worked as an apprentice, it doesn’t mean that you know everything. You may know the basics and have the experience, but you must learn more in order to become a professional designer tailor… Go to the stores and purchase books that teach new sewing techniques and shed light on the details regarding fabric types, fashion styles, and etc. You can also look through online videos to learn different techniques, step-by-step.
Learn to Design
After accomplishing all the above steps, practice and learn how to design. If you truly have mastered all the above steps, you shouldn’t have any difficulty. Learn and understand as many designs as you can. Browse books, go online, talk to the expert designs, canvass the masters’ works, and etc. This habit would benefit you grandly. Once people know that you are able to make any desired design on the fabric, they would flood you with orders and pay you more than your expectations… Apart from this, you aren’t a professional designer tailor if you’re imitating others’ designs. You must make your own unique and creative designs to earn a name. Besides, the professional organizations also prefer those designer tailors who execute their own ideas and introduce something new and eye-catching in the market.
Choose a Business Strategy
Lastly, what’s the point if you don’t even know what you’re going to do with your professional skills? You have to decide whether you are going to work for someone or for your own self, as these things matter; there are cons and pros for both options. Therefore, you need to review both of these options exceedingly well… If you’re working for someone, remember, it decreases the number of responsibilities. However, the downside is that you have less freedom over your creativity… On the other hand, if you’re self employed, thinking to run your own business, you can decide your own hours of work, and you can use your creative skills on a grand scale as well. The downside is you need to spend extra time on marketing and administrative tasks.
Congratulations! If you’ve successfully followed all the above steps, you’re a professional designer tailor. It’s, of course, going to take some time to reach this far, even if you’re full of talent. But, the only thing you must do over and over is to meet every generation; keep yourself updated. This would not only make you stand in the line of the most successful designer tailors, but also compel people to love your style.
Abdul Bari Chanessra