Also known as: Patternmaker-grader
Clothing patternmakers produce master patterns from designs. They usually work closely with designers, interpreting their sketches to develop products that can be produced by their organisation's staff and equipment.
Clothing patternmakers may…
Clothing patternmakers are employed by clothing manufacturers both large and small. They are likely to be involved not only in patternmaking, but also in design and cutting. Patternmakers often establish their own businesses as dressmakers or tailors. Business success in patternmaking, tailoring or dressmaking, like all enterprises, depends as much on sales skills and customer service as on craft skills, and therefore some business skills training might be of benefit. There can also be considerable costs involved.
To work as a junior clothing patternmaker you will usually need to complete a Certificate IV in Clothing Production.
A Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology will prepare you to work as a senior patternmaker.
Of course you can work at even higher levels within this sector, and with further training and experience you can continue to progress along a career pathway that could see you in senior management positions.
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