Reference Quantity: ST0541

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational Profile: 

A sample cutter working throughout the clothes and textiles business will be employed by a big, medium, small or micro measurement enterprise, producing a wide range of merchandise from clothes and style gadgets to leather-based items, comfortable furnishings, marine and medical textiles. The position of a sample cutter entails decoding a product design temporary and drafting patterns that replicate the design and technical specs. They will use varied sample chopping strategies to create the patterns corresponding to, adjusting and shaping a regular sample ‘block’, modifying a non-standard sample base taken from the corporate library, or making a sample utilizing ‘modelling’, which entails draping and pinning material over a model and hand-cutting the material to kind the sample base.  Sample manufacturing software program packages are additionally generally used to create sewn product patterns, although in smaller companies sample cutters nonetheless produce patterns manually or use a mix of each guide and computerised techniques.

Initially, a sample cutter will work autonomously drafting the prototype sample. They’ll work intently with a pattern machinist to supply a made-up pattern of the design, utilizing the prototype sample. They’ll then work as a part of the manufacturing crew to evaluation the pattern.  The crew concerned will depend upon the dimensions of the corporate and should embody designers, garment technologists and pattern machinists. The crew will analyse the pattern and talk about and agree any adjustments required. The sample cutter will then make changes to the sample and produce the grasp sample for use in manufacturing, incorporating technical information corresponding to stability marks, notches, seam allowance, grain traces, chopping directions, measurement and part title. The position of a sample cutter usually contains:

  • Interpret given sewn product design briefs
  • Drafting prototype patterns that meet specs and replicate given designs
  • Working with the pattern machinist to supply product samples
  • Reviewing and assessing the product samples
  • Adjusting prototype patterns to satisfy required design and match specs
  • Creating the ultimate grasp sample prepared for manufacturing
  • Supporting the chopping and manufacturing course of

Information: A Sample Cutter has information and understanding of:

Provide chain and buyer base:

  • Totally different buyer necessities e.g. high quality requirements, product end, timescale

  • The availability chain related to the manufacture of sewn merchandise
  • The enter and output of products and providers related to manufacturing e.g. supply timescales, lead occasions, manufacturing deadlines

Supplies utilized in manufacturing:

  • The properties and development of cloth and supplies e.g. woven, knitted, non woven
  • The behaviour and traits of supplies used to supply sewn merchandise e.g. stretchy, slippery, stiff, dense, shrinkage, material weight, drape, print, end

 High quality assurance procedures:

  • Specs related the manufacturing of clothes and sewn merchandise e.g. seam allowances, tolerances, hem depths

  • High quality requirements and specs related to the manufacturing of sewn merchandise e.g. seam varieties, sew varieties, tolerances, product end
  • Sample fault analysis and rectification procedures e.g. poor match, sizing, mismatched seams, incorrect markings
  • High quality approval techniques and management processes e.g. Inspection of samples, supplies and merchandise in opposition to specs

Working Practices:

  • Clothes or sewn product design briefs analysis inform sample manufacturing
  • Drafting normal block patterns
  • Adapting block patterns to replicate given clothes or sewn product designs briefs
  • Sample development methods e.g. drafting, measuring and marking
  • Normal and worldwide sizing related to the merchandise in manufacturing e.g. girls put on, youngsters’s put on, tent diameters, automobile seat dimensions
  • Measuring methods related to the product e.g. crucial measurement factors, girth measurement, size and breadth measurements
  • Calculations related to the manufacturing of clothes or sewn merchandise e.g. ease, hems, seam allowance
  • The rules of grading e.g. grading strategies acceptable to product kind, measurement, match and proportion, grade guidelines and purposes
  • Specialist terminology utilized in sample development e.g. armscye, grain, stability, apex
  • The instruments of the commerce e.g. draft paper, markers, curves scissors, punchers, notchers
  • Materials chopping processes and methods e.g. spreading, specialist chopping gear, lay planning processes, placement prints
  • Totally different development strategies and manufacturing processes
  • Pattern improvement and pattern evaluation methods e.g. match, model, development evaluation
  • Sample evaluation methods, evaluation and rectification processes
  • Related computerised sample manufacturing techniques e.g. CAD, Graphics software program, digitisers, scanners, digital modelling
  • Technical paperwork and recording techniques utilized in sample manufacturing e.g. tech-packs, specs, manufacturing make-up sheets
  • Essential path administration processes to make sure sample manufacturing meets timescales and deadline


  • The corporate’s communication protocol throughout all ranges and departments concerned within the sample manufacturing and manufacturing course of

Insurance policies and procedures:

  • Well being, security, welfare and environmental insurance policies together with protected working practices and office dangers
  • Office insurance policies e.g. employer and worker authorized obligations, workers’ rights and obligations, equality and variety
  • Compliance necessities in relation to clothes or sewn merchandise e.g. security, fibre content material, laws

  • Legislative and contractual necessities with shoppers, providers or authorities our bodies

Abilities: A Sample Cutter will:

Consider sewn product designs:

  • Learn, interpret and assess design briefs, specs and directions
  • Establish clothes or sewn product design options
  • Establish attainable constraints e.g. design points, supplies, manufacturing capability

Create template/ block patterns related to the kind of product to be made:

  • Draft block patterns to model/measurement/measurements required
  • Take and report correct measurements if required
  • Embrace all related technical info e.g. stability marks, notches, seam allowance, grain traces and measurement and part title and chopping directions
  • The place obtainable use related IT techniques e.g. CAD, Graphics software program, digitisers, scanners, digital modelling

Produce prototype patterns for given designs:

  • Adapt normal block sample to replicate given designs
  • Guarantee patterns are appropriate with the manufacturing course of
  • Embrace all related technical info e.g. stability marks, notches, grain traces, measurement
  • Work with the pattern machinists and oversee pattern manufacturing
  • The place obtainable use related IT techniques e.g. CAD, Graphics software program, digitisers, scanners, digital modelling

Consider prototype patterns:

  • Evaluation the pattern product and consider the prototype sample, assessing the dimensions, match, form, fall, model and design

  • Bother shoot and resolve sample and design points as required

  • Establish and agree the required sample rectifications
  • Make agreed adjustment to the sample e.g. add width or size, redefine model traces

Produce last grasp sample:

  • Create the ultimate grasp sample, embody clear related info e.g. part info, measurement, grain line, chopping directions
  • The place obtainable use related IT techniques e.g. CAD, graphics software program, digitisers, scanners, digital modelling
  • Present manufacturing employees or provider with last grasp sample and manufacturing info
  • Present assist and advise regarding any related manufacturing points e.g. meeting watch factors, part points, material defects
  • Full and preserve correct working paperwork all through the sample manufacturing course of


  • Develop and preserve efficient communication with stitching manufacturing employees to make sure a productive work atmosphere
  • Precisely full work documentation e.g. tech packs, specs or digital techniques and perceive the implications of incorrectly accomplished information

Behaviour: A Sample Cutter will:

  • Take possession and settle for accountability for sample manufacturing work and attempt to enhance product high quality and sample manufacturing processes
  • Be aware of altering priorities and necessities of the sewn product business, demonstrating initiative, confidence and self-motivation
  • Display a methodical and calm strategy to work place pressures, deadlines and manufacturing calls for

  • Work positively as a part of a crew, taking account of equality and variety

  • Display assertiveness, resilience and confidence when speaking views and concepts that can profit sample manufacturing
  • Be reflective on expertise, information and behaviours and search alternatives to develop and advance expertise in response to the evolving manufacturing atmosphere and applied sciences

  • Have a security first perspective, guaranteeing the protection of self and others as acceptable in a sewn product manufacturing atmosphere


Usually, this normal will take 22 months to realize

Entry Necessities:

Entry necessities will probably be a matter for particular person employers, usually an apprentice is perhaps anticipated to have already achieved an acceptable stage of English and Maths (GCSE grades C or above)

English and Maths:

People with out Stage 2 English and Maths might want to obtain this stage prior to finish level evaluation.

For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3. British Signal Language qualification is an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language




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