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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
    • Input specifications into computers to assist with pattern design and pattern cutting.
    • 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.
    • Make adjustments to patterns after fittings.
    • Compute dimensions of patterns according to sizes, considering stretching of material.
    • Mark samples and finished patterns with information, such as garment size, section, style, identification, and sewing instructions.
    • Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.
    • Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
    • Position and cut out master or sample patterns, using scissors and knives, or print out copies of patterns, using computers.
    • Create a paper pattern from which to mass-produce a design concept.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Determine the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material, and mark fabric accordingly.
    • Create design specifications to provide instructions on garment sewing and assembly.
    • 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.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 33090/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.91/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 80
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Shears
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Full body form or mannequin
    • Dressmakers ruler
    • Domestic clothing irons

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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