Clothing Patternmaker

Draws sets of master patterns following sketches, sample articles and design specifications, and cuts out patterns for garments.
Training time 1 - 2 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