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WHAT IS A CREATIVE PATTERN CUTTER ?

What is A Creative  Pattern Cutter ?

Many people would consider a creative pattern cutter to be one who works more creatively. So in this interpretation, a pattern cutter who works by draping  on the stand would be considered to be more creative than one who works primarily on a computer. Although the computer pattern cutter also creates a pattern, they are not considered to work in as creative a way as the “toilist”, or the flat pattern cutter. The flat pattern cutter on the other hand could be considered more creative than the computer pattern cutter, because they work manually rather than on a computer screen.

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But in reality the term creative pattern cutter is used to distinguish between two different roles – The production pattern cutter and the creative pattern cutter. The creative pattern cutter would create the initial pattern, working with the designer and the sample machinist. The production pattern cutter would then do any subsequent amendments and perfect the pattern to be factory ready.

In the past, these two roles would have been done by one person, while the factory pattern cutter may have adjusted the supplied pattern  to make it easier for the factory, or to suit their machinery or construction methods.

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As someone who has been both a creative pattern cutter and a production pattern cutter, I find this division of roles completely unsatisfactory. As a creative pattern cutter, the link is lost from the first pattern to the final sample, because you are not kept informed of any alterations. So you could be making the same errors over and over again. As a production pattern cutter you lose the creative side of the work as you only get to adjust other peoples patterns.

Most small fashion companies or designers would only employ one pattern cutter. Two pattern cutters with different roles would superfluous. And freelance pattern cutters tend to have multiple roles anyway. Anyone considering employing a freelance pattern cutter would need to employ someone experienced  in both the creative side and the production side of pattern cutting. It is no good being able to create marvellous shapes if you do not know how to construct a lining correctly.

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