Popular Freelancing Roles In The Fashion Industry To Consider

Published/Updated on:
September 5, 2023
Have you always had a passion for fashion or simply want to venture out from your comfort zone and try something new in the fashion industry? Well, if you are not ready to commit full-time or need a stepping stone, then freelancing roles may be just what you are looking for. 

Here are some freelancing opportunities in the fashion industry you can consider - some roles may require you to have studied a fashion designer course, while others may be open to those who have the skills even without the qualifications. 

1.Technical Designer 

A technical designer plays an important role in fashion projects, from ideation to coming up with the finished product. Your main duty is to create tech packs and technical flats, and assist with product development. You will also have to liaise with both designers and manufacturers to make sure issues get rectified and garment specifications are adjusted accordingly. When prototypes are out, evaluating and inspecting them are also part of your job to ensure that the end result is a high-quality and marketable product. 

Due to the nature of your job, you will most likely be required to use software such as Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and CAD which will usually be taught in TaF.tc’s Digital Apparel Design Course.  

2. 3D Prototypist 

One skill set that is currently in high demand in Singapore’s highly evolving fashion industry is that of a 3D fashion designer. As a 3D prototypist, you have the opportunity to be part of a pioneering group that possesses a unique and sought-after skill set. You would be working closely with the design team in apparel design, making use of various technologies and software. You will have to create 2D patterns and true-to-life 3D mock-ups from preliminary design sketches or ideas, and make adjustments as the project progresses. You would also be contributing towards sustainability and a greener future as your role also involves identifying opportunities to eliminate unnecessary physical sampling and waste through the use of 3D technology. 

Similar to a technical designer, you will have to be equipped with the skills to utilise various 3D designing software such as CLO-3D and Browzwear. If you have no prior experience but are interested in learning more, consider enrolling in a fashion designer course. 


Seamstresses play a crucial role in the fashion industry, as they are responsible for creating and altering garments that meet the designer's vision. To be one, you would need to have a solid understand of of sewing techniques, attention to detail, creativity, strong communication skills, time management skills, knowledge of fashion trends, and education or training in fashion design, textiles, or garment construction. A seamstress must possess a combination of technical skills, creativity, and industry knowledge to succeed in the fashion industry.

If you would like to turn your sewing passion into a source of income, you can sign up for a sewing course in Singapore with us at TaF.tc where you may be able to be a part of AlterAround, our very own alteration service helmed by our sewing graduates. This platform aims to provide a solution to the growing problem of textile waste and encourages sustainable practices in the fashion industry by offering services such as clothing alteration, repair, and customization, as well as a platform for buying and selling pre-loved clothing. 

4.Fashion Sourcer

If you enjoy keeping a lookout for or collecting unique fabrics and trims, you may do well as a freelance fashion sourcer. You need to constantly be in the know as your main job is to curate hard-to-find pieces of fabric and trims for clients to help them bring their creations to life. 

5. Sample Maker

Looking for a freelance job that will always be in demand? Then working as a sample maker might tick all your boxes. Many start-ups or independent brands prefer working with a sample maker to ensure the garment is perfect before sending it through multiple samples with a factory, not just to save cost but to also reduce waste. 

You will need to cut, sew, assemble, finish and press different types of fabrics and clothing according to your employer’s requirements, production samples, manufacturing specifications and patterns. Therefore, knowing the steps to make a sample garment is essential and this will usually be taught in a fashion designer course

6.Fashion designer

A fashion designer is an indispensable role in the industry and any fashion project so if you have what it takes, consider working as a freelance designer. You will mainly assist your employer in creating the garment or collection before sending it off to a technical designer for the next steps. 

While the job of a fashion designer sounds uncomplicated, you will need to possess various skills like using different software, understanding fashion terms and having a keen eye for aesthetics and style, among other things. All of these will be taught and can be trained when you enrol in a fashion designer course. 


Last but not least, working as a freelance stylist is also one of your options. You will have to work with different photographers and clients to curate the wardrobe for special events and photoshoots. You may be asked to provide fashion advice, choose and coordinate outfits for models and select props and accessories too. 

Generally, there is no hard and fast rule about possessing a diploma or degree in fashion to be able to work as a stylist but the academic opportunity can help you to hone your skills and provide you with a better understanding of art and fashion history. 

8.Fashion Illustrator 

As a fashion illustrator, your main role is to convey fashion designs for the purpose of art or presentation and hence, your artistic focus is of the essence. You may also be asked to come up with technical flats and schematics for a fashion garment. Your illustrations can be used in magazines, catalogues, advertisements, websites and presentations. 

You would also need to ace your technical drawing skills as it is a precise and accurate way to communicate the design of your garment. With clear and concise specifications and instructions for pattern makers and manufacturers, the drawings ensures that the final products meets the designer’s vision.  With a fashion designer course at TaF.tc, you will be exposed to different drawing techniques to help you evaluate fit and create pattern altercation across all garment sizes. 

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TaF.tc is a fashion school in Singapore founded in 1983 that provides a range of fashion courses for aspiring students. 

We are also the first school in Singapore to launch the Place-and-Train career placement programme to give mid-career PMETs a chance to undergo skills conversion and move into new occupations or sectors that have good prospects and opportunities for progression. 

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Nicole Toh

Hi! I'm Nicole. I am a Junior Marketing Executive in TaF.tc. Look forward to more blogs and content coming up from me! I love a good cup of tea, some light exercise and listening to music! I am always open to a thought provoking conversation, so hit me up if you've something you want to debate on! 

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