Technical Designer/ Pattern Maker

Location: Downey, CA

Department: Technical Design

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced


For full package and non-full package styles, this role is responsible for ensuring that garments meet aesthetic, fit, construction and workmanship requirements for the design through production approval process, within established timelines for assigned product line. 



  • Create and maintain proto tech packs (for full package), or 1st patterns (for non-full package) from design sketches that ensure first proto samples meet design’s intent on styling, fit and construction.
  • Tech packs to include detailed construction sketches and instructions, tolerances, graded measurement specifications, how to measure sketches on an exception basis, BOM, and any special handling instructions.
  • Utilize the block library and construction standards wherever applicable. 
  • Write fit comments that include technical direction on how to improve the fit and construction of a garment.
  • Provide accurate patterns to cutting and sewing departments.
  • Trouble-shoot potential production issues to resolve before samples are made, for aesthetic and cost purposes.


  • Provide pattern and garment measurements for non-full package styles on pattern card.
  • Incorporate production issue resolutions back into the proto development process for future seasons.
  • Maintain all grading, construction, how to measure, and procedural standards.
  • Escalate any requested design changes that impact standards, cost or aesthetics from the samples to Management and Production team so that cost analysis can be accomplished & change can be addressed.


  • Effectively run fittings.


  • Track workload at each stage.  Proactively escalate issues of high fit iterations issues to management to get help to resolve efficiently.


  • Follow sample management guidelines.


  • Five years’ experience in apparel industry in a Technical Design and Pattern Making capacity.
  • Proficient in medium to complex pattern making and draping skills.
  • Experience in interpreting design sketches into tech packs required.
  • Experience in interpreting Design fit direction into production ready patterns and direction to international factories required.
  • Effective verbal and written technical communication skills required.
  • Ability to be flexible in a multiple-task environment with a sense of urgency to meet development and production timelines.
  • Must be highly organized, detail oriented and experienced in proactive problem solving.
  • Strong woven and knit experience preferred.
  • Garment dye experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design / Apparel Engineering / Pattern Making, or equivalent training combined with work experience.

Additionally, to perform this job successfully, the employee should have knowledge of:

  • Accumark 8.2 (Gerber)
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.)
  • Photoshop preferred, but not required
  • PDM experience preferred, but not required
  • Illustrator preferred, but not required

JAMES PERSE was founded over 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California by its eponymous designer. James’ signature design philosophy and aesthetic – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is borne from his passion for minimalist architecture and (as a Los Angeles native) his intimate familiarity with west coast indoor / outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This approach has been applied to each step in developing the JAMES PERSE brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

At the Company’s inception, James’ mission was to bring an elevated look and feel to unique baseball caps and basic tees. Two decades later, the Company has expanded to producing full lines of its famously soft and meticulously constructed modern classics for men and women, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and limited edition goods.  Our collections are sold in over 40 JAMES PERSE boutiques, as well as in fine department and specialty stores around the world.

Our employees are smart, creative, passionate, and service-driven individuals who meet the same superior standards we set for our products. We embrace talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and support policies and practices that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

JAMES PERSE offers competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, paid vacation, paid sick time, a retirement savings plan with company match, and a generous employee discount.

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