Garment maker (level 3)
Constructing garments - bringing the design to life, following specifications and quality standards.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Creative and design
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Assistant costume tailor
- Assistant production tailor
- Assistant tailor
- Costume maker
- Production machinist
- Sample machinist
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Interpret and follow garment specifications, patterns and/or instructions.
- Inspect garment components, identify and deal with any issues found, for example material/design compatibility, surface flaws, shading, misprint, pulls, holes, shrinkage.
- Select, prepare and operate sewing machines, for example lockstitch machine, blind hemmer including machine adjustment for different materials.
- Organise work and workstation layout.
- Assemble fabric components to make a whole garment.
- Select and use different types of sewing needles for different materials, for example size, diamond point, ballpoint.
- Select and use different types of attachments, for example adjustable presser foot, zipper foot, seam guide, applique foot.
- Match fabric prints, checks and stripes during garment assemble.
- Hand stitch garments, for example baste, catch, running, slip, chain or couching stitch.
- Sew different seam types, for example, flat seams, lapped seams, over locked seam.
- Shape garments using different sewing techniques, for example, darts, gathers, tucks.
- Position and attach trimmings, for example braid, bias lace. buttons, eyelets.
- Finish garments; selecting appropriate techniques, for example rolled hems, zip insertion, pockets, fusing.
- Press garments; set up and operate pressing equipment for example steam irons, block press, trouser press and steamroll.
- Check the balance, component positions, set, grain, ease and drape of garments using mannequins or modelling.
- Use the tools of the trade to make and shape garments, for example scissors, snips, steamroll, corner shaper, loop turner, measuring tape, mannequins.
- Measure and figurate garments considering critical measurement points, body shape and silhouette.
- Select, position and apply labels for example care, size and brand labels.
- Complete records and technical documents, for example production make-up sheets, work dockets.
- Inspect the quality of construction during the garment make-up process and change methods if required.
- Identify, diagnose and rectify garment faults, for example poor fit, sizing, mismatched seams, fabric damage, incorrect markings, returns.
- Develop and apply the production sequence and assembly method.
- Review complete garments, contribute recommendations that may benefit the garment or the manufacturing process.
- Communicate with colleagues and/or stakeholders – verbal and written; using industry terminology, for example drape, ease, baste, nap, grain.
- Make and apply collars for example shirt collar and stand, convertible collar, shawl collar or mandarin collar.
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