Design & Architecture

Clothing Pattern Maker

Pattern makers draft patterns, either by hand or using design software, that replicate design concepts or drawings.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Clothing Pattern Maker do?

Pattern makers draft patterns, either by hand or using design software, that replicate design concepts or drawings.


Work activities

As a clothing pattern maker, you would:

  • create pattern templates by interpreting drawings produced by a fashion designer
  • use computer design software to make up some patterns
  • drape, shape and pin fabrics over a dummy
  • cut out a pattern based on the shaped fabric pieces
  • work with machinists to make up clothing samples based on the pattern
  • work with designers to make alterations or adjustments to the final pattern.

Key skills and interests

To become a clothing pattern maker, you would need:

  • a good knowledge of the types and properties of fabrics
  • to be able to interpret a design concept and put it on paper
  • excellent sewing skills
  • to be detail oriented
  • good maths skills for measurements and calculations
  • to be able to draw freehand
  • good computer skills, especially with software design packages.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would normally work standard hours, Monday to Friday.


You could be based in a design studio, workshop or in part of an apparel manufacturing factory.


How to become an Clothing Pattern Maker?

Entry Level Education

To become a clothing patternmaker you usually have to complete a VET qualification in clothing production or applied fashion design and technology. You can also become a clothing patternmaker through a traineeship in Clothing Production or Applied Fashion Design and Technology.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Job opportunities for clothing pattern makers have been declining, and are expected to continue to decline.

Many Australian apparel companies have moved their manufacturing offshore, and so there are fewer opportunities available locally. Some opportunities may still be available in specialist apparel manufacturers, and fashion design businesses.

With the increasing use of CAD (computer assisted design) techniques, computer skills will greatly improve your employment prospects in this field.


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