Fabric & Apparel Patternmakers

Code: 51-6092.00

Description : Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

JobTitles : Pattern Maker, Production Pattern Maker, Designer, Automatic Fabric Cutter (Autocutter), Pattern Designer, Sewing Pattern Layout Technician, Computer Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator), Computer Aided Pattern Designer, Fabric Cutter, Marker Maker

Tasks:
  • Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
  • Draw details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features, using computers or drafting instruments.
  • Determine the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material, and mark fabric accordingly.
  • Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
  • Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.
  • Create a paper pattern from which to mass-produce a design concept.
  • Position and cut out master or sample patterns, using scissors and knives, or print out copies of patterns, using computers.
  • Discuss design specifications with designers, and convert their original models of garments into patterns of separate parts that can be laid out on a length of fabric.
  • Mark samples and finished patterns with information such as garment size, section, style, identification, and sewing instructions.
  • Compute dimensions of patterns according to sizes, considering stretching of material.