What is the difference between a tailor and a dressmaker?
by brenton geyer
Tailors and dressmakers are professional service providers who are skilled in making custom garments especially to fit you or adjust or mend existing garments to suit your requirements.
The main difference in the service they provide is that a dressmaker specialises in clothing for women and tailors work with both women and men. Men and women have very different body shapes that call for a different approach to pattern making, garment cutting and construction. More often a tailor will also be a skilled pattern maker, whereas a dressmaker will usually lack this advanced skill. Pattern making is a highly valued skill, in the realms of women's wear a designer or couturier would be the equivalent of a dress maker with pattern making skills.
If you have a simple alteration or repair job to do, it is likely that either a tailor or a dressmaker will be able to do it for you regardless whether you are dealing with a men's or women's garment. If your job involves detailed cutting and shaping specific to your body shape, it may be best to consult an expert trained specifically in either women's dressmaking or men's tailoring. And if you're wanting to start from scratch with a completely individual design, a couturier or designer is what you need.