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Irma
Women's Lingerie
Pattern Maker/ Technical Designer


Average Annual Salary:
$50,000 to 100+k annually depending on experience and area of expertise such as swimwear, lingerie, denim, sportswear, evening, men's clothing, children's clothing.


Necessary Education:

For patternmaking you only need a certificate of training or an Associate's degree in Fashion Design

A Bachelors Degree isn't necessary but it will give an edge for a better start as a Pattern Maker / Technical Designer

What is a Pattern Maker/ Technical Designer in a nutshell?

Creates fully-graded size specifications style patterns in collaboration with Design, marketing and Project Management


Pattern Maker / Technical Designer Skills:

Computer aided software for pattern making are necessary. Software programs such as Gerber, Tuka technology, PAD System and Lectra are the most popular.

Also Photo Shop and Illustrator as well as Excel and general computer use is necessary.

Sketching abilities

Data entry programs will help depending on the company that you work for


Pattern Maker / Technical Designer Responsibilities include:

To interpret concept idea from sketch or picture into an actual garment that fits a person of the desired size(s). Attend fittings with models and oversee fit, quality in workmanship, color standards and overall looks esthetically and make any corrections necessary to improve fit. Create specs for factories and communicate all details and any changes to factories globally.


What kind of jobs can Pattern Maker/ Technical Designer do?

  • Technical designer
  • Pattern Making,
  • Spec writer,
  • Production Manager,
  • Designer

There are many types of jobs in this industry that one can branch into


Things I like about my job:

Love having a creative outlet.
Seeing final results when complete and sold in stores, magazines websites and media such as TV and on actual customers wearing them.

Things I don't like about my job:

Very fast paced and sometimes long hours.

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