Designer and Patternmaker

Prepare master pattern of shoe upper design and cut pattern into parts.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Designer and Patternmakers do?

Prepares master pattern of shoe upper design and cuts pattern into individual parts preparatory to making template: Pencils markings, such as cone, back seam, or shank edge onto sized wooden last. Positions kraft paper on last and trims paper along markings, using knife or scissors. Traces outline onto manila paper, cardboard, or pressboard, using cut form or last mold as pattern. Draws details, such as stitching or ornamentation according to design specifications, using drafting instruments. Cuts traced design into individual patterns of shoe parts, such as quarters, saddles, and vamps, using scissors or knife. May compile manufacturing data from design specifications. May prepare pattern template.

Should I be a Designer and Patternmaker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Computer Aided Pattern Designer, Technical Pattern Designer, Upholstery Pattern Designer

    How to Become a
    Designer and Patternmaker

    Most Designer and Patternmakers have an Associate's degree or a Certificate. Chart?chd=s:d9laaa&chl=no+college+%2823%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29|associate%27s+%2829%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,23,48
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