Clothing Patternmaker

Draws sets of master patterns following sketches, sample articles and design specifications, and cuts out patterns for garments.
Training time 12 months - 2.5 years
Average pay $52,472
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 200

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

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production
Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
Certificate IV in Clothing Production
Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising
Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising