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PATTERN CUTTER OR PATTERN MAKER ?

What is a Pattern Cutter ? Or Pattern Maker ?  And is there a difference ? It may seem like an obvious question with an obvious answer – And it is.

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I am sometimes asked if there is a difference between a Pattern Cutter and a Pattern Maker. They are in fact the same job, although a fabric cutter is often called a Cutter, which is certainly not the same. Often factories will have a Cutter who will also cut simple patterns or make simple alterations to patterns. In order to competently cut patterns however, it is necessary to be doing the job day in and day out for years. A fabric cutter will be very skilled at his job of cutting fabric and understanding fabrics, but will probably not be a skilled Pattern Cutter.

Although I spent four years at college studying to be a Pattern Cutter, to be honest I learnt very little until I started work as a Pattern Maker for Jaeger in 1975 – and had to work with patterns constantly. Even then I feel that my progress in learning the job was considerably slowed because I was initially working “on the flat” rather than “on the stand”. That is, I was working with a pattern on the table, according to instructions and theory rather than putting the shape on a mannequin and seeing what was really happening with the shape.

Whereas when I started it was fairly easy to get a job as a paid Pattern Maker straight out of college, today  there is a glut of graduates who do not have the skills or experience  that employers require. Thousands of graduates have to work as Internees with little or no pay and often long hours in order to gain the experience. Pattern making skills cannot be picked up quickly as a rule. It just needs years of experience. But I would say that the best way of acquiring the skills is to learn how to model on the stand in combination with working on the flat.

PHONE – 07905-965-305

EMAIL – thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

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