Pattern cutters take designers’ ideas to create pattern
templates, which are used to make up clothes and
garments. Pattern cutting and pattern grading are two
separate jobs, but are often done by the same person.
See Pattern Grader profile.
Pattern cutters may make up the pattern by draping material over a dummy (dress form or stand), cutting and shaping the pieces and pinning them together. When satisfied that it hangs and fits correctly, they use these pieces to cut out a paper or card pattern.
Pattern cutters also use flat pattern ‘blocks’ made of cardboard, which can be altered and developed into a style. In addition, computers are increasingly used to make up patterns and most pattern cutters use a combination of methods to create templates.
Samples of the garment are made up by a machinist. The sample garments are then inspected with the designer to see if any adjustments or alterations are required before deciding on the final pattern.
Pattern cutters normally work 37 to 39 hours a week,
Monday to Friday. Part-time work and overtime are often
Pattern cutters may work in a studio with the clothing designers, or in part of the main factory where the clothes are made up. Working conditions are usually warm and light, but in a factory it could be noisy.
As a clothing pattern cutter or grader you need:
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