Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Technical Designer
  • Shoe Patternmaker
  • Sewing Pattern Layout Technician
  • Sail Lay-Out Worker
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Print and Pattern Designer
  • Pleat Patternmaker
  • Patternmaker
  • Patternator
  • Pattern Technician
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What They Do

  • Trace outlines of specified patterns onto material, and cut fabric using scissors.
  • Trace outlines of paper onto cardboard patterns, and cut patterns into parts to make templates.
  • Create design specifications to provide instructions on garment sewing and assembly.
  • Determine the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material, and mark fabric accordingly.
  • Examine sketches, sample articles, and design specifications to determine quantities, shapes, and sizes of pattern parts, and to determine the amount of material or fabric required to make a product.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
  • Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RAC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Artistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $40,380 with most people making between $26,070 and $63,070

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 120 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 90 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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