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How to be a creative pattern cutter

Lucinda Harvey, consultant - technical, production and sales at Henry Fox Recruitment, on how to gain a job as a creative pattern cutter.

“A creative pattern cutter is the person who makes the designer’s creative vision a reality. Generally most will have worked their way up through the ranks, starting as a junior, progressing to senior level as their skills and experience develop.

You will need a degree or equivalent technical qualification in either Fashion Design or Pattern Cutting. It is sometimes possible to go in via the trainee route and some companies will take on an enthusiastic school or college leaver willing to start at the bottom and learn as much as they can on the job. This is quite common in specialised areas such as tailoring, and luxury ateliers are renowned for this method of training.

Employers look for someone who is highly skilled, creative and has an eye for detail, but who is also aware of the timelines within the tight deadlines of production. You may be managing a team, so people skills are a must as well as excellent communication and time management.

It is a really key role for design led companies and an experienced and skilled individual will be highly regarded in the industry.

Salaries can range from £35,000 to £45,000.”

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