Pattern Cutter or Grader

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Pattern cutters work from fashion designers' plans to make the templates used for making garments. Pattern graders take the patterns made by pattern cutters and produce scaled up and scaled down versions, to produce the same garment in different sizes.

The Work

You might specialise in either cutting or grading, or both.

As a pattern cutter you could be:

As a pattern grader you could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

Pattern cutters and graders start around £25,000 a year. Experienced cutters and graders can earn in the region of £30,000. Multi-skilled cutters and graders working for companies making specialist or luxury clothing may earn up to £40,000.


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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You should be able to:


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