Can Sewing Lead to a Career?

A fashion designer using the draping method to plan a new design.

Speaking of upgrading your sewing skills, did you realize that an advanced knowledge of your favorite could actually lead to a lucrative career?

Many careers require sewing skills.  If you enjoy fashion and design, knowledge of sewing could help you begin a career as a fashion designer.  No formal certification is needed to become a fashion designer.  Many top names in the industry learned on the job; however, some formal training is a major plus. Accredited schools such as San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing  and the Academy of Art University and New York’s Parsons The New School for Design are excellent places to start.  FDIM offers twenty majors including such specialties as costume design and fashion knitwear design. The Academy of Art University offers a Masters of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and also offers online fashion design courses for students who are seeking education in fashion design without a degree. Parsons offers both an associate’s degree and a bachelor of fine arts in fashion design.  A quality education in fashion design is not limited to fashion hotspots like San Francisco and New York.  I’ll have more information on schools of fashion design in my next post.

Plush and minky fabrics available from OFS. If you love working with beautiful fabrics, a career in fashion design may suit you.

Interior designers also benefit from sewing knowledge.  A bachelor’s degree is required for this lucrative career. Parsons The New School for Design  is one of numerous fine schools across the nation offering a degree in interior design.

Sewers and tailors need minimum on the job training to begin their careers.  However, both of these careers do require long hours of sitting and using the eyes and hands.  Tailoring also requires bending, stooping, and standing.

Interior designers and upholsterers work with lovely decor fabrics. Shown are some of the many decor fabrics offered by OFS.

Upholstering is another career that requires little formal education.  Upholstering can be more lucrative than working as a sewer in the commercial sewing industry and can lead to owning one’s own business. However, like sewing and tailoring, upholstering is physically demanding.  In addition to the physical tasks undertaken by tailors and sewers, upholstering can require heavy lifting upon occasion, as well as hammering, stapling, and sawing.