Clothing Patternmakers draw sets of master patterns following sketches, sample articles and design specifications, and cut out patterns for garments.

Specialisations: Pattern Grader (Clothing), Patternmaker-Grader.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in clothing production or applied fashion design and technology to work as a Clothing Patternmaker. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Confers with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments.
  • Interprets designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications.
  • Cuts out master patterns.

All Clothing Trades Workers

  • $1,132 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Clothing Patternmakers

  • 450 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 84% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Clothing Patternmakers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 600 in 2011 to 450 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Clothing Patternmakers work in New South Wales and Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (64%).
  • Gender: 84% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing61.5
Retail Trade21.0
Wholesale Trade10.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.1
Other Industries3.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateClothing PatternmakersAll Jobs Average
NSW45.631.6
VIC36.025.6
QLD8.920.0
SA3.37.0
WA5.610.8
TAS0.72.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketClothing PatternmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-242.7-9.39.3
25-3416.0-22.922.9
35-4418.0-22.022.0
45-5435.7-21.621.6
55-5915.1-9.09.0
60-646.7-6.06.0
65 and Over6.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationClothing PatternmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree18.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma40.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV24.5-21.121.1
Year 128.0-18.118.1
Year 110.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.8-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in clothing production or applied fashion design and technology to work as a Clothing Patternmaker. Traineeships may be available.

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Employers look for Clothing Trades Workers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Design

    63% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. English Language

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Production and Processing

    52% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  5. Education and Training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6092.00 - Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

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  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

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  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    91% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Contact With Others

    90% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    85% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6092.00 - Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers.

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