20.11.2018

Fashion Career Focus: Cloth Cutter

Do you want a career in fashion but not sure in which area to specialise? Each week we will introduce a fashion career role and list the responsibilities and skills required...Here are the typical duties and requirements for a Cloth Cutter.

Clothing marker/cutters may do some or all of the following:

    • mark the size, sewing information and codes on the fabric or worksheet
    • work out how much fabric is needed
    • arrange pattern pieces on fabric
    • mark pattern outlines onto fabric
    • cut fabric by hand, with electric hand-held cutting machines or by using computer-controlled equipment
    • bundle pieces of fabric together and store them in order of size and colour.
    • knowledge of fabric types and garment construction
    • knowledge of pattern-sewing codes and symbols
    • knowledge of different cutting equipment and methods
    • computer skills, including the ability to use computer-aided design (CAD) software

The work of clothing marker/cutters may be two separate jobs, especially in larger clothing factories, where the marking is often done on a computer. Alternatively, cutting may be a minor part of the job if the company is small.

Skills and knowledge

Clothing marker/cutters need to have:

    • knowledge of fabric types and garment construction
    • knowledge of pattern-sewing codes and symbols
    • knowledge of different cutting equipment and methods
    • computer skills, including the ability to use computer-aided design (CAD) software.