Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products (NOC 5245)

About this job

Patternmakers in this unit group:

  • create master patterns for the production of garments, footwear and other textile, leather or fur products
  • work for pattern manufacturers, textile, leather or fur products manufacturers
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • doper - fabric products
  • enlarger - cartoon embroidery
  • operator, digitizer
  • pattern designer
  • pattern grader / marker / mark-remover
  • pattern modifier / lay-out


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

  • look at sketches, samples of articles and designs to determine number, size and shape of pattern parts and measure the amount of cloth required to make product
  • draw, lay out and cut master pattern of product
  • outline parts of pattern on paper and mark pattern to indicate details such as placement of pockets and pleats on garments, decorative stitching on shoe parts or eyelets on canvas products
  • create different pattern sizes from master pattern using computer or drafting instruments, or forward pattern to computer operator to create other pattern sizes
  • lay out master pattern on fabric and cut sample pattern
  • mark size, identification, style and sewing instructions on sample patterns

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.