Pattern Maker

Clothier Design Source – South Saint Paul, MN

USA made apparel manufacturer seeks apparel prototype assistant. Located in St. Paul, MN our team of 35 staff produces sewn goods for a variety of companies large and small. CDS is a leader and advocate for bringing apparel production back to the USA. Our mission for ethical and environmentally conscious practices has provided an opportunity for thousands of domestic brands to grow.

Job Description for Pattern Maker- This position is responsible for creating patterns and evaluating samples for fit and construction. They are to determine production friendly methods of constructing softgoods for made in the USA, while keeping the overall design and high quality. Candidate must be an excellent problem solver with the ability to think of creative solutions. 1 year pattern making experience required. This includes general knowledge of grading, construction methods, and industrial machinery.

The day to day duties will include:

  • Follow project time lines and sequences
  • Create Patterns using Optitex
  • Alter Patterns
  • Guidance in Fit Sessions
  • Creating Custom Body Measurement Charts for Various Brands
  • Communication with Project Managers
  • Communication with Prototype Sewers
  • Making Recommendations for Pattern or Sewing improvements Based on Fit or Efficiency in Sewing
  • Evaluation on Sample Garments

Required skills & knowledge:

Pattern Making



Digital Pattern Making Software (Optitex is desired)

Sewing Construction for Production Friendliness

Fabric knowledge in Knits and Wovens

Microsoft Excel

Desired Areas of General Knowledge:

Adobe Illustrator/Adobe Photoshop

Design Timeline Management

Digital 3D Garment Design

Schedule Requirements – 

Office hours are Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM

We do offer flexible in-office hours upon request

Please apply to with resume and cover letter.