St. John Knits
Irvine, CA, USA
Posted 13 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Retail Luxury Goods and Jewelry


The Patternmaker will, through individual creative and technical ability, Interpret the Designer's vision into the creation of high quality patterns, first though production. Responsible for proper fit of garment through balance of pattern, pattern card, construction and sewing details and cutting information. Function will include but not be limited to the development of Block Library patterns and pattern related guidelines and standards.


  • Responsible for meeting development and production goals for all personally assigned Pattern styles:
  • Produces Patterns from proto through production on all product categories (woven through knit; all garment types; complicated pattern requirements) based on seasonal style requirements
  • Utilizes personal creative ability, technical knowledge and design aesthetic to interpret the Designer’s sketch in order to produce a pattern for the garment; ensuring that the pattern meets the Designer’s vision and has the ability to be produced in manufacturing
  • Interprets information specified through design sketch, design specification sheet or dup fitting notes along with personal draping skills to produce corresponding pattern
  • Resolves all issues from development through final production stage
  • Uses Production Fit Note Set-up to create Production Patterns as per standard
  • Consistently utilizes the St. John Block Library and How to Measure Manual which are the Company established foundation for pattern set up and measurement guidelines
  • Meets or exceeds deadlines in the most cost effective and efficient manner
  • Manage fittings of own garments providing solutions for Creative Designer relating to pattern work, construction, and fit of the garments as needed
  • As the pattern content expert, supports Pattern Makers and Senior Pattern Makers as needed, make pattern corrections, to meet deadlines, or any other factor based on business necessity
  • Provides day-to-day technical advice and support to Pattern Makers and Senior Pattern Makers, anticipates, proactively identifies and find solutions to problems related to design aesthetic interpretation, pattern design, technical set-up, sample production, fit note feedback and edits, along with acting as intermediary regarding communication with appropriate parties
  • Develops and maintains the Block Library patterns and pattern related guidelines/standards as needed
  • Seeks opportunities and makes recommendations to improve department processes, efficiency and quality of garment development
  • Utilizes technical expertise on Pattern Making system software and makes recommendations to improve efficiencies, systems or needed upgrades
  • Functional back-up to Head Pattern Maker in fittings


  • Demonstrates high degree of professionalism in communication, attitude and teamwork with customers, peers and management
  • Demonstrates high level of quality work, attendance and appearance
  • Adheres to all Company Policies & Procedures and Safety Regulations
  • Adheres to local, state and federal laws
  • Additional responsibilities assigned by supervisor related to your position/department
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to work extended hours when necessary


  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities
  • Ensures work flow and processes are to maximum efficiencies for business necessity


  • Interacts with the Technical Design, Sample Manufacturing, and Design Knitting departments along with the Designers and Production Management

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:The following are the minimum qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.


  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Decision Making
  • Embraces Change
  • Strategic Planning
  • Thoroughness
  • Results Orientated
  • Solutions Orientated
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Associate Development
  • Organization
  • Time Management


  • College or fashion school degree in Fashion Merchandising or Pattern Making highly preferred
  • 10 + Years Pattern Making experience; Women's Apparel highly preferred
  • Computer Cad system experience required, certification preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Standing, walking and squatting less than fifty percent of the work shift
  • Required to lift, move and carry up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to read, count and write to accurately complete all documentation and reports
  • Must be able to see, hear and speak in order to communicate with employees and other customers
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Manual dexterity required using hands to finger; handle, feel and type; reach with hands and arms

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