Training in the clothing industry typically covers an understanding of different aspects of the selection, production, packing and marketing of clothes.
Those who make patterns, and tailor and sew garments, can work in design studios or in factories. Pattern makers use models created by designers, separating them into pieces that can be laid on fabric, cut out, and sewn into garments.
Sewers usually sew the pieces, using sewing machines, and finish pleats, closures, decorative elements and other details. A few sew by hand, doing specialized tasks and finishing garments. Generally, pattern makers and sewers work in factories, although a few work for designers.
Many clothing production skills are learned on the job, so a high school diploma may not be necessary; however, employers usually prefer it. Employers may also value workers with strong communicate skills who can work as part of a team. Pattern makers can get post-secondary training in the field by enrolling in a 1-year certificate program in sewing and apparel construction. They may be required to display basic sewing skills. In a certificate program they often learn about draping techniques, making original patterns, tailoring, garment finishing and using speciality fabrics, as well as how to use individual measurements to adjust a commercial pattern.