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Class Code: 681G
Category: Inst. Food & Personal Services


Leads and coordinates all aspects of costume construction, patterning, tailoring, fitting, and execution of a wide variety of era costumes, accessories, and multi-media garments. Performs volume and custom sewing work in making, altering or mending clothes and cloth articles; or serves as the only seamstress in an institutional facility which includes planning, coordinating and participating in a volume and custom sewing program.

Typical Work

Constructs costumes, clothing, and accessories from patterns using tailoring techniques, specialty hand sewing, and pressing techniques required to shape and stabilize fabric;

Drafts and produces draperies and privacy curtains;

Reviews work orders and determine priority of work in absence of specific instructions regarding priority;

Measures individuals for garments;

Makes, fits, mends and alters articles of clothing such as pajamas, nightgowns, camisoles, shirts, trousers, dresses, aprons, hospital gowns and/or full range of theatrical costumes;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: sewing methods and equipment; creation and use of patterns; grades and qualities of textiles; maintenance of sewing machines; record keeping; backstage and onstage costume etiquette if working in a theatrical costume shop setting.

Ability to: use, adjust and maintain various power sewing machines and attachments and power cutter; do hand sewing; create patterns, cut out and sew by patterns or create a garment/item without a pattern; supervise and instruct employees and students or patients in use and care of sewing equipment and general sewing work; perform volume sewing work and plan and schedule work effectively; follow oral and written instructions.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience or training in sewing, preferably on a volume basis, including use of power sewing machines.


Three years college training in costume or vocational sewing, pattern making, and fabric cutting.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 3586 Costumer Lead and 84320 Seamstress 2; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.