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Clothing Pattern MakerAlternative titles

Ringa Waitohu Kākahu

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Apparel Pattern Maker

Clothing pattern makers interpret clothing designs and measurements, draw outlines of clothing pieces and create paper patterns from them.

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Call us on 0800 222 733


Clothing pattern makers with no experience can expect to earn about
per hour
Experienced clothing pattern makers usually earn about
per hour
Source: Competenz.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as a clothing pattern maker are average, due to it being a small occupation but with good demand for experienced workers in some niche markets.

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Sonya Whitticase working on a clothes pattern on a desk, with a clothing rack behind her

Clothing pattern makers may create designs by hand or using design software

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Updated 17 Dec 2014