Clothing patternmakers produce master patterns from designs. They work closely with designers, interpreting their sketches to develop a style that can be achieved by the company's equipment and staff, and that fits the image of the company's label.
Duties & Tasks
Clothing patternmakers may perform the following tasks:interpret a design sketch
choose the correct 'block' (a pattern shape that forms the basic characteristics of a garment)
make adjustments to the pattern to arrive at a sample pattern, which is then used to decide whether to produce the garment in bulk
check the accuracy of the sample pattern
work with the sample machinist at various stages throughout the process, such as cutting out the sample garment and determining the amount of fabric used
advise on the correct machining technique to use
check that the sample garment maintains the look of the original design
check the fit of the sample on a mannequin, or on a model employed by the firm
modify sample garments to meet cost specifications and manufacturing limitations
once it is approved for production, reproduce the sample pattern on a pattern board to make a master pattern
create the required range of sizes by 'grading' the pattern, usually using a computer-aided design (CAD) system.
In some cases, patternmakers may be employed in additional job roles, such as designer, sample machinist, grader or marker maker.
enjoy practical and manual activities
good hand-eye coordination
artistic flair, with an eye for detail
good sense of proportion
aptitude for technical activities
able to work neatly and accurately.