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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers - 51-6092.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cutter
  • Designer
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Pattern Designer
  • Pattern Maker
  • Pattern Technician
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Sewing Pattern Layout Technician
  • Technical Designer

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Compute dimensions of patterns according to sizes, considering stretching of material.
  • Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
  • Create a paper pattern from which to mass-produce a design concept.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Draw details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features, using computers or drafting instruments.
  • Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.
  • 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.
  • Input specifications into computers to assist with pattern design and pattern cutting.
  • Make adjustments to patterns after fittings.
  • Mark samples and finished patterns with information, such as garment size, section, style, identification, and sewing instructions.
  • 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.
  • Trace outlines of paper onto cardboard patterns, and cut patterns into parts to make templates.
  • Trace outlines of specified patterns onto material, and cut fabric, using scissors.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Assemble garments or textile products.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Inspected printed materials or other images to verify quality.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Design & Patternmaker Shoe
  • Pattermaker (Textiles)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Assistant Designer
  • Cartoon Designer
  • Designer and Patternmaker
  • Draper
  • Embroidery Patternmaker
  • Grader Marker
  • Pattern Chart-Writer
  • Pattern Grader-Cutter
  • Patternmaker
  • Pleat Patternmaker
  • Sail-Lay-Out Worker