Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
5d ago

Pay for patternmakers varies depending on experience.

  • New patternmakers usually earn between minimum wage and $18 an hour.
  • Mid-level patternmakers can earn between $18 and $25 an hour.
  • Senior patternmakers with more than 10 years' experience can earn up to $36 an hour.
  • Source : New Zealand Fashion Tech and Competenz, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Patternmakers may do some or all of the following :

  • create pattern pieces by hand or on computer
  • cut out the pattern by hand or print out a copy using a computer
  • write garment-sewing instructions
  • help with fitting sample garments
  • adapt patterns for different sizes (grading).
  • Skills and knowledge

    Clothing pattern makers need to have knowledge of :

  • patternmaking, and sewing codes and symbols
  • different sewing equipment and methods
  • different fabrics and textiles
  • body shapes
  • fashion design techniques
  • computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Patternmakers :

  • usually work regular business hours
  • work in factories and workrooms
  • work in conditions that can be noisy.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a patternmaker you need to have a New Zealand Diploma in Fashion Technology (Level 5) or equivalent. You can learn to become a patternmaker through a course or through a Competenz apprenticeship.

    Secondary education

    A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, maths and processing technologies.

    Personal requirements

    Patternmakers need to be :

  • quick and neat
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at maths so they can measure and make calculations
  • good problem-solvers.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for patternmakers includes :

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • dressmaking or tailoring
  • drawing or design work
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.
  • Physical requirements

    Patternmakers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses), normal colour vision, good hand-eye co-ordination and steady hands.

    You also need to be comfortable standing for long periods.

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