Fabric spreading in the fashion industry


Preparatory operation for cutting textile pieces which consists of laying piles of cloth on top of the other in a pre-determined direction and relationship between the right and the wrong side of the cloth.

Alternative labels

fabric smooth laying out
fabric laying out for cutting purposes
fabric spreading
fabric spreading for cutting purposes
spreading in the fashion industry
fabric laying out in the fashion industry

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Fabric spreading in the fashion industry is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Tailor: Tailors design, make or fit, alter, repair tailored, bespoke or hand-made garments from textile fabrics, light leather, fur and other material, or make hats or wigs for men. They produce made-to-measure wearing apparel according to customer’s or garment manufacturer’s specifications. They are able to read and understand size charts, details surrounding finished measurements etc.
Clothing sample machinist: Clothing sample machinist create the first made-up sample of a garment design. They resolve regarding the makeup of garments taking into consideration bulk production to ensure sealing samples are ready on time.
They press finished garments and make quality control checks. 
Clothing alteration machinist: Clothing alteration machinists ensure the alteration of finished garments in line with business demands. They are responsible for the quality of any alterations or customisations and brand generic stock in line with customer branding guidelines.

Optional knowledge

Fabric spreading in the fashion industry is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Clothing fashion designer: Fashion designers create concepts and make sketches by hand or using softwares of their creative ideas. They analyse and interpret fashion trends in order to propose new ideas with high aesthetical value. They perform forecasting and market research to put together collections. They build collection lines by operating mood or concept boards, colour palettes, materials, drawings and sketches considering among others ergonomical criteria, etc.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022