Working in the fashion industry within the job role of Pattern Cutter you can work for a manufacturer, supplier, fashion retailer or fashion brand. Pattern Cutters work within the pattern room of the fashion company. Pattern Cutters can work manually or as a CAD Pattern Cutter. Widely used CAD pattern cutting systems include Lectra, Gerber, Veti-graph and Investronica. There are 2 main types of Pattern Cutters: Creative Pattern Cutters and Production Pattern Cutters. Creative Pattern Cutters work from a Designer's sketch creating first patterns. Production Pattern Cutters tend to work from blocks, make amendments and be more involved in the fit process.
In order to get a job in fashion as a Pattern Cutter you will ideally have a technical or design degree and a design room/pattern room placement. You can then work your way up the ranks. As a Pattern Cutter you tend to specialise in a certain product area. For example, wovens, jersey, knitwear, tailoring, lingerie etc and this could be across womenswear, menswear or childrenswear.
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