NOC 5245 – Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products



Patternmakers in this unit group create master patterns for the production of garments, footwear and other textile, leather or fur products. They are employed by pattern manufacturers, textile, leather or fur products manufacturers, or they may be self-employed.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Patternmakers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine sketches, samples of articles and specifications of designs to determine number, size and shape of pattern parts and assess the amount of cloth required to make a product
  • Draw, lay out and cut master patterns of products
  • Outline parts of patterns on paper and mark patterns to indicate details such as the placement of pockets and pleats on garments, decorative stitching on shoe parts or eyelets on canvas products
  • Create pattern size variations from master patterns using computer or drafting instruments, or forward patterns to computer operator to create pattern size variations
  • Lay out master patterns on fabric and cut sample patterns
  • Mark size, identification, style and sewing instructions on sample patterns.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • College courses in design and patternmaking
    One to two years of on-the-job training are required.
  • Courses in computer-assisted patternmaking may be required.

All Titles

  • canvas goods maker
  • canvas goods pattern designer and patternmaker
  • canvas layer-out – textile products
  • canvas pattern designer
  • canvas patternmaker
  • cartoon embroidery enlarger
  • digitizer operator – textile, leather and fur products
  • doper – fabric products
  • doper and marker
  • dress patternmaker
  • embroidery patternmaker
  • fur garment patternmaker
  • fur patternmaker
  • fur products patternmaker
  • garment patternmaker
  • last-pattern grader
  • layer-out and patternmaker
  • lay-out and patternmaker
  • leather products patternmaker
  • men’s and women’s wear patternmaker
  • modifier and lay-out marker
  • modifier and marker
  • pattern designer and patternmaker – textile, leather and fur products
  • pattern designer and patternmaker, canvas goods
  • pattern grader
  • pattern marker
  • pattern marker – fabric products
  • pattern modifier
  • pattern modifier – textile, leather and fur products
  • patternmaker – computer assisted
  • patternmaker – textile products
  • patternmaker – textile, leather and fur products
  • patternmaker, shoes
  • sail lay-out and patternmaker
  • sail maker
  • shoe patternmaker
  • shoe-last patternmaker
  • textile identification mark remover
  • textile mark remover
  • textile marker-down
  • textile products patternmaker
  • tracer-patternmaker


  • Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing (9217)


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