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Seamstress/Tailor #1128


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Seamstress/Tailor #1128

This professional considers herself a seamstress turned tailor. In her own words, a "seamstress" is one who sews, makes crafty items and garments. A "tailor" is one who makes a garment fit or tailors the garment to fit the individual. She says tailoring involves the basic construction of a garment.

As a child, she sewed in 4-H and home economics classes. Later, while working part-time at a dry cleaners in northwest Iowa, she started helping with alterations. A neighboring business had a sudden job opening for a tailor and she was recommended. She accepted the position and has worked at the same location for more than ten years.

She says there is a definite shortage of people who do alterations and tailoring. To prove this point, she says she needs no advertising. Customers arrive simply by word of mouth. The most challenging part of her job is understanding what customers are seeing when envisioning an alteration. This seamstress/tailor is always learning. She reads up on the latest techniques and styles and even enjoys sewing in her spare time.

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