Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
SOC: 51-6092.00


Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
5,400 employed

Projected (2024):
4,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Apparel Patternmaker
  • Assistant Designer
  • Automatic Fabric Cutter (Autocutter)
  • Cartoon Designer
  • Clothing Pattern Preparer
  • Clothing Patternmaker
  • Computer Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator)
  • Computer Aided Pattern Designer
  • Computer Patternmaker
  • Designer
  • Designer and Patternmaker
  • Draper
  • Embroidery Patternmaker
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Fabric Pattern Grader
  • Fabric Sourcer
  • Fashion Patternmaker
  • Garment Patternmaker
  • Grader Marker
  • Marker Maker
  • Pattern Chart Writer
  • Pattern Designer
  • Pattern Grader
  • Pattern Grader Cutter
  • Pattern Maker
  • Pattern Technician
  • Patternator
  • Patternmaker
  • Pleat Patternmaker
  • Print and Pattern Designer
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Sail Lay-Out Worker
  • Sewing Pattern Layout Technician
  • Shoe Patternmaker
  • Technical Pattern Designer
  • Upholstery Pattern Maker

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
  • Draw details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features, using computers or drafting instruments.
  • Determine the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material, and mark fabric accordingly.
  • Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
  • Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.
  • Create a paper pattern from which to mass-produce a design concept.
  • Position and cut out master or sample patterns, using scissors and knives, or print out copies of patterns, using computers.
  • Discuss design specifications with designers, and convert their original models of garments into patterns of separate parts that can be laid out on a length of fabric.
  • Mark samples and finished patterns with information such as garment size, section, style, identification, and sewing instructions.
  • Compute dimensions of patterns according to sizes, considering stretching of material.
  • Examine sketches, sample articles, and design specifications to determine quantities, shapes, and sizes of pattern parts, and to determine the amount of material or fabric required to make a product.
  • Trace outlines of paper onto cardboard patterns, and cut patterns into parts to make templates.
  • Trace outlines of specified patterns onto material, and cut fabric using scissors.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Curve sticks
  • Dress form mannequins
  • Fabric shears
  • Hip curve rulers
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Ironing boards
  • L squares
  • Measuring tapes
  • Paper scissors
  • Pattern boards
  • Pattern grading rulers
  • Pattern paper cutters
  • Pattern punches
  • Pressing irons
  • Round knives
  • Scale rulers
  • Screw punches
  • Seam allowance gauges
  • Seam rippers
  • See-through rulers
  • Serrated sewing pattern tracing wheels
  • Sewing needles
  • Sewing pattern notchers
  • Steel straight pins
  • Yard sticks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Gerber Technology AccuMark
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • PatternMaker

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220