State of Washington Classified Job Specification
SEWING & ALTERATIONS SPECIALIST 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
Class Specification History
New class, consolidates 3586 Costumer Lead and 84320 Seamstress 2; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.