Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers Career Video
Description: Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.
Fabric and apparel patternmakers turn a clothing designer’s idea into a pattern used by seamstresses and tailors to create a wearable garment. Patternmakers draw and construct precise master patterns that factor in all the adjustments needed to shape different sizes. They also create patterns for individual customers based on their measurements. Patternmakers use a variety of tools, from pencil and paper to scissors and knives, as well as drafting instruments and computer applications. Their work is both creative and technical, as they translate a designer’s artistic creation into a product that can be mass produced. Patternmakers must understand the qualities of different fabrics, such as whether they’ll stretch and how much, and compute the amount of fabric required to make a garment. Although a high school diploma is typically required of prospective patternmakers, many have a bachelor’s degree. Previous related work experience or technical training may be helpful.