Items of clothing and jewellery can be created, customized and sold by Tailors and Jewellers, gamers with a unique and rare profession. Gamers can select and buy these items at Tailor and Jewellery shops in any port.
Each nation in the game has their own cultural designs for clothing for both sexes, such as lower- middle and upper class coats, hats, shoes, gloves, uniforms, etc. Additionally nations also have designs for jewellery. These designs are drawn on ‘pattern sheets’ that can be bought in a nation’s capital. The pattern sheets are personal possessions and cannot be traded. Tailors and jewellers can collect them by visiting different nations’ capital cities and purchasing them.
Pattern sheets enable a tailor or jeweller to creating clothing and jewellery, and having a large collection of patterns allows them to create a larger collection. A pattern is a blank design that only determines the shape of an item. At a design table, the Tailor of Jeweller can select fabrics, such as types of cotton, silk, wool, leather, fur, metal and jewels, to complete a design. Once a design is completed, the necessary materials need to be sourced from the market and a project of production can be started, setting the staff of the Tailor or Jeweller business at work.
Any gamer that visits a Tailor or Jeweller shop in a port can browse the collection and purchase items. If they purchase items, they will appear in the inventory of their family dresser, either in their home, office or ship cabin locations, and can be selected for wearing. Gamers can also create a design request at a Tailor or Jeweller. If this request is accepted and paid for, a custom order will be created.
Tailors do not only sell clothing to other gamer characters, they also sell larger orders of clothing, such as uniforms for the Amy and Navy, or costumes for government officials. Getting contracts for such orders can be very lucrative.
Jewellery is not only wearable, but also collectable. In general jewellery is made on the basis of known patterns, but some items of jewellery are unique and issued as rewards. These unique pieces can be traded and collected on the market, and some might be quite famous. They can be both displayed in collections and be worn.
For gamers to become a Tailor or Jeweller, they need to purchase a Tailor and Jewellery Shop in a port city or town. Most ports will only have one of these, so this will be a rare profession to acquire. As these shop owners increase their number of patterns and designs, and apply their unique choices, they might create unique collections and fashions and draw visitors from far and wide.