What does a pattern cutter do?
As a pattern cutter, you’ll create patterns based on drawings from a fashion designer. These patterns will then be used to make sample clothes, which will be used to refine the pattern and to produce a clothing line. Patterns may be created by hand or drawn in a computer program. You’ll need an excellent eye for detail, a talent for drawing and excellent IT skills.
What do I need to do to become a pattern cutter?
You do not need specific qualifications to become a pattern cutter. You can choose to train on the job as a pattern cutting assistant, or you can do a fashion-related course at college.
You may also be able to find work as a pattern cutter after completing a foundation degree, HND or degree in fashion or garment technology.
To do a relevant higher education course, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including maths and English and two/three A levels, one of which should be in art and design.
It may be possible to find an introductory course in fashion skills at your local college. You will need a level 3 course if you wish to do higher education. Art and design would be desirable, check requirements with universities.
Alternatively, you may be able to start this job through an apprenticeship.
- Fashion degree
- A level art or level 3 art and design vocational course
Where could I be working?
You’ll be working indoors, usually in a team of pattern cutters and fashion designers.