Patternmaker Ringa Tauira Kākahu

Patternmakers turn clothing designs into patterns.

Patternmakers may do some or all of the following:

  • create pattern pieces by hand or on computer
  • cut out the pattern by hand or print out a copy using a computer
  • write garment-sewing instructions
  • help with fitting sample garments
  • adapt patterns for different sizes (grading).

Physical Requirements

Patternmakers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses), normal colour vision, good hand-eye co-ordination and steady hands. You also need to be comfortable standing for long periods. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for patternmakers includes:

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • dressmaking or tailoring
  • drawing or design work
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.

Personal Qualities

Patternmakers need to be:

  • patient
  • quick and neat
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at maths so they can measure and make calculations
  • good problem-solvers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for patternmakers includes:

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • dressmaking or tailoring
  • drawing or design work
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, maths and processing technologies.

 

Patternmakers can earn around $19-$20 per hour per year.

With further training, patternmakers may become senior patternmakers, product developers or clothing designers. They may also become self-employed.

Patternmakers can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Marker Maker
Marker makers transfer graded patterns to thick paper, with sewing codes.
Pattern Grader
Pattern graders put patterns into a range of sizes.

 

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