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Job Description

There are two types of Pattern Cutter - creative pattern cutters who sketch designs, create new patterns and create prototypes also production pattern cutters who make patterns commercially viable. Both can work either manually or using CAD (Computer Aided Design).

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You could start as a pattern cutting assistant or sample machinist with a clothing manufacturer or fashion design company and work your way up.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. 

You could also do an introductory college course in fashion, or a foundation degree, HND or degree in fashion or garment technology. 

Creative Skillset has more information about a pattern cutter’s role. 

Career Path and Progression 

With experience, you could progress to head pattern cutter or grader or, with further training, fashion designer or buyer.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Pattern grader
  • Dressmaker
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion design assistant
  • Leather craftworker

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • An interest in fashio
  • The ability to interpret a designer's drawings
  • An eye for detail
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Good concentration levels
  • Good team working skills

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £40,000

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