Find out everything you need to know about becoming a Clothes Pattern-maker.
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
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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- 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?
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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Relevant Contact Details
Fibre Processing &
Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authorities
Career Progress and Path
in specific field
Possible Career Paths
career in the specific field
Reasons to consider this career
A job in
To start my own business
A stable job
To design things
To learn new things