Patternmakers

(NOC 5245)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Patternmakers in this group create master patterns to produce clothes, footwear and other textile, leather or fur products. They work for pattern manufacturers, textile, leather or fur products manufacturers, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Patternmakers - Textile, Leather, and Fur Products most commonly work part-time hours. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

Hourly Pay

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Minimum

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Median

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Annual Pay

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Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Patternmakers in this group create master patterns to produce clothes, footwear and other textile, leather or fur products. They work for pattern manufacturers, textile, leather or fur products manufacturers, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Patternmakers:

  • Study design sketches, samples of articles and specifications to determine number, size and shape of pattern parts and measure 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 like pocket and pleat locations, 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.

Sample job titles

  • dress patternmaker
  • embroidery patternmaker
  • fur garment patternmaker
  • garment patternmaker
  • leather products patternmaker
  • shoe patternmaker
  • textile products patternmaker

Skills

Job requirements

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

Other considerations

Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

0.0%

employed full-time

66.7%

self employed

66.7%
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33.3%
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N/A

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

100.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

100.0%

Trade Certification

N/A
100.0%

College Diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Fashion Design

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional design of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories, and the management of fashion development projects. They include courses in apparel design, accessory design, the design of men's, women's, and children's wear, flat pattern design, computer-assisted design and manufacturing, concept planning, designing in specific materials, labour and cost analysis, history of fashion, fabric art and printing, and the principles of management and operations in the fashion industry.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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