Charlotte Ayers, senior consultant, design, production and technical, on how to become a senior pattern cutter for a luxury tailoring brand.
Most pattern cutters start their career as a design/pattern room assistant. To become a pattern cutter, you normally need to have gone down the traditional route of carrying out a Fashion Design or Fashion Design and Technology related degree. This will offer you all of the basic skills and training needed to work manually and often includes an insight into the CAD/CAM systems such as Gerber, Lectra, Investronica or Vetigraph.
It’s important to carry out work experience during your degree too as it’s within a commercial environment that you will really learn and develop your abilities, which is imperative in securing your first job.
Pattern cutting roles all differ slightly from company to company. Some are pure creative roles where you create a first pattern from a Designers sketch and others are more technical/production pattern cutting opportunities, where you are involved with the fit process and make amendments to patterns to obtain the perfect fit.
Employers look for candidates with relevant experience to the set-up of their pattern room and the product area they specialise in.
Salaries for senior pattern cutters range from £35,000 to £45,000.