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Creative Patternmaker

Full Time

Head Office – VIC

KOOKAI is a dynamic fashion retail company. As a growing business, we are excited to announce that we have a Creative Patternmaker role available for those seeking to work with a renowned Australian company which prides itself on an unbeatable culture.

We are a vertical business with factories based in Fiji and Sri Lanka. Be a part of something special by having full transparency over the production of our incredible range. You will also collaborate with our close-knit and friendly team across the business.

The Creative Patternmaker is integral in the development and creation of all designs at KOOKAI. We respect and value traditional Patternmaking skills, whilst embracing new technologies to support speed to market and sustainable practises. We simulate all styles in 3D prior to sampling, from concept through to design approval.  

The Creative Patternmaker is responsible for the pattern making, 3D simulation and fit requirements, ensuring patterns are accurate per company fit standards, with a core focus on garment quality. This role works closely with the design team on aesthetics and fit through this process.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about progression, loves working in a fast-paced environment, and is open to new technology practices - with the ultimate goal to assist in the innovation and evolution of KOOKAI.

This is a full-time role based in our Head Office located in Hawthorn East, Melbourne.

This role involves:

  • Working closely with designers, interpreting their designs and drafting patterns for 3D simulation and sampling for all product from concept until design approval
  • Fitting garments to the standard Kookai model, altering accordingly
  • Communicating with the Technical Patternmakers and Sewing Team on construction and quality of individual styles
  • Block development to Kookai standards
  • Updating all avatars to the latest design including approved styles
  • Supporting Technical Patternmakers with finishing patterns when styles are required for sample or production
  • Working closely with suppliers in the development of proto and PP samples and proactively recognising any issues for production
  • Measuring patterns and inputting measures and grade increments into design development platforms
  • Identifying and providing training and guidance on factory’s workmanship as required, to achieve a high-quality product
  • Ensuring all workflow priorities are achieved

Ideally, you have:

  • Proven experience as a pattern maker
  • Knowledge and ability to grade patterns to size standards
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret pattern requirements
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy skills
  • Excellent time management and self-motivated
  • Adaptability
  • Experience working with factories
  • Style CAD experience a bonus
  • 3D CAD experience a bonus (VStitcher)


The Kookai culture is one that is supportive, friendly, passionate, easy going and
collaborative which makes this an enjoyable workplace to be, as reflected by
our high engagement levels. We are all about our people and offer flexible
working hours, social and team bonding events, daily fruit packs, in-house
health and wellbeing programs, personal development plans, and a generous
employee discount.

Our head office is a new and spacious environment with a great café next door for
coffee and lunch.

We are also really proud to be working for a greater purpose by having the
opportunity to support our Katalyst Foundation and contribute to helping break
the cycle of poverty in Fiji.

Embrace this opportunity to be a part of our Kookai family.

Note: only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Good luck, we are excited to hear from you!