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Fabric & Apparel Patternmakers

Also called: Automatic Fabric Cutter (Autocutter), Designer, Pattern Maker, Production Pattern Maker

What they do:
Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.
On the job, you would:
  • Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
  • 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.
  • Determine the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material, and mark fabric accordingly.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • create new and original ideas
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Gerber Technology AccuMark
  • PatternMaker
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

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