Unit Group

5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products

Patternmakers in this unit group create master patterns for the production of garments, footwear and other textile, leather or fur products. They are employed by pattern manufacturers, textile, leather or fur products manufacturers, or they may be self-employed.

Example Titles

dress patternmaker
embroidery patternmaker
fur garment patternmaker
garment patternmaker
leather products patternmaker
shoe patternmaker
textile products patternmaker

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Main duties


Patternmakers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Examine sketches, samples of articles and specifications of designs to determine number, size and shape of pattern parts and assess the amount of cloth required to make a product
  • Draw, lay out and cut master patterns of products
  • Outline parts of patterns on paper and mark patterns to indicate details such as the placement of pockets and pleats on garments, decorative stitching on shoe parts or eyelets on canvas products
  • Create pattern size variations from master patterns using computer or drafting instruments, or forward patterns to computer operator to create pattern size variations
  • Lay out master patterns on fabric and cut sample patterns
  • Mark size, identification, style and sewing instructions on sample patterns.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • College courses in design and patternmaking
    or
    One to two years of on-the-job training are required.
  • Courses in computer-assisted patternmaking may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Classified elsewhere

  • Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing (9217)

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