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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:

Pay

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

Pattern cutters and graders start between £15,000 and £18,000 a year. Experienced cutters and graders can earn between £20,000 and £28,000. Multi-skilled cutters and graders working for companies making specialist or luxury clothing may earn up to £40,000.

Conditions

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
434
3.8 %
FALL
2024
418
  United Kingdom
2019
6278
0.6 %
FALL
2024
6243

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You should be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textile Institute
Tel: 0161 237 1188
E-mail: tiihq@textileinst.org.uk
Website: https://www.textileinstitute.org/
Twitter: @textileinst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTextileInst

The Textile Institute is the chartered professional institute for the textile, clothing and footwear industries. Members can gain internationally recognised qualifications.

UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)
Tel: 020 7843 9460
E-mail: info@ukft.org
Website: http://www.ukft.org
Twitter: @UKFTorg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKfashionandtextile/

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