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Becoming a Clothing Patternmaker
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Becoming a Clothing Patternmaker

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Draws sets of master patterns following sketches, sample articles and design specifications, and cuts out patterns for garments.
Training time 3 - 4 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,413
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 2,300

What does a Clothing Patternmaker do?

  • conferring with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments
  • interpreting designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications
  • cutting out master patterns
  • laying up and cutting fabric
  • pinning, basting and draping garment parts
  • sewing garments
  • fitting basted garments on customers and marking areas requiring alteration
  • sewing buttonholes, and sewing on buttons, hooks, eyes and press fasteners to finish garments


  • Pattern Grader (Clothing)
  • Patternmaker-Grader

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