How to become a Clothing Patternmaker

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.

Personal requirements of a Clothing Patternmaker

  • 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.

Education & Training for a Clothing Patternmaker

To become a clothing patternmaker, you usually have to complete a VET qualification in clothing production or applied fashion design and technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education. You can also become a clothing patternmaker through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 46.8%

NT 0%

QLD 8.5%

SA 4.2%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 27.9%

WA 10.3%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 19.1%

Female 80.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 22.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 34.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 28.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22.5%

Above 35 years: 77.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
With the increasing use of CAD techniques, computer skills will greatly improve your employment prospects in this field.
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