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Job Title - Clothes Pattern-maker


The main function of a Pattern-maker is to translate the fashion designer's design into a pattern.

Typical Job Activities

Makes a sketch from a clothing design
After the pattern has been sketched and the specifications outlined, a sample garment is made up
A master pattern is then prepared and the pattern is graded into different sizes
The pattern-maker works in conjunction with boutiques and clothing factories

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Educational Requirements

Moderate - 1-3 Years FET or practical training
Grade 10 Certificate
Senior Certificate for the Technikon courses

IN-SERVICE TRAINING: The Clothing Industry Training Board offers 1-year part-time courses in pattern-making.

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects: Mathematics and Home Economics

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have an interest in fashion
Have an eye for design, line, colours and detail
Be able to work quickly and meticulously under pressure

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Options


International Employment Market


Possible Employers

Big private companies
Medium or small Companies
Own small business: Entrepreneurial opportunities in this field

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Relevant Contact Details

Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authorities

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Own business

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

A job in private companies
To start my own business
A stable job
To design things
To learn new things