A Pattern Cutter creates patterns based on drawings from a Costume Designer and these patterns are then used to make costumes. Patterns can be created by hand or drawn using a computer programme.
What are the main responsibilities of a Pattern Cutter?
- Use computer-aided design and traditional hand-drawing methods to make up patterns
- Create new pattern templates based on drawings and adjust existing patterns
- Work with machinists to make up sample garments based on the original pattern
- Work with Designers and Garment Technologists to make further changes and produce the final pattern
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What qualifications do I need to be a Pattern Cutter?
You do not need any specific qualifications to become a Pattern Cutter. You can choose to train on the job as an Assistant. You can also do a fashion-related course or costume making course. Additionally, you can complete an apprenticeship in a related area. Any related experience you can gain is always helpful, and it helps to keep a portfolio of your work. Read our blog How to make a costume design portfolio here.
What skills do I need to be a Pattern Cutter?
- Attention to detail
- Artistic talents and creativity
- IT skills
- Technical ability
- Time management
- Knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
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What does a career in Pattern Cutting look like?
You can start as a Pattern Cutting Assistant or Sample Machinist with a clothing manufacturer or fashion design company and work your way up. Why don't you read our blog 'What Do Theatre Wardrobe Staff Do?' to get a better understanding of the role you can begin your career with.
How much does a Pattern Cutter earn?
A starting salary for a Pattern Cutter is roughly between £15K - £20K. As you develop throughout your career you can earn up to £40K.
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Published: 02 July 2019