Pattern Maker

Sealand Gear Assistant

Company name

Sealand Gear


Pattern Maker


Associate / Mid-Senior level

Closing date


Employment Period

Permanent, Full Time

Contact person

Julia Bass -


To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to


Company description and background

History: Rooted in Cape Town’s southern peninsula where mountains and ocean so vividly connect, Sealand was born with a conviction of keeping the environment front and centre alongside inspired functional designs and longevity. Smart material selection, compelling functionality and product durability are all palpable features of what we make.  Our start-up team lives the Sealand brand with combined passions for business, for the wondrous outdoors, for life.  

Industry: Upcycled & Recycled Bags & Apparel

Our Purpose: Together, we are the creative minds and fabrication specialists behind Sealand Gear, bringing inspired design in upcycled material texture combinations from the drawing board to the rack. Sealand creates environmentally smart high-end Bags, Accessories and Apparel. We reuse the structural properties and textures of waste material in a new context while mitigating the generation of waste and promoting sustainability. We try to play our part for the environment and by supporting us you do too.

Our Organisational Structure: Small startup up culture of a Managing Director and a Creative Director, followed by a group of Leaders that look after each department, namely Sales, Design, Retail, Marketing, Production & Stock. We then have a full studio crew that hand makes all of our products in house. 

Job description

We are looking for a passionate and confident individual who will take over the creation and development of our patterns for bags and accessories. This is done in-house at our studio and sample facility in Hout Bay. You will work closely with Design and Production teams to realise brief’s and projects in a manner which is efficient for production, both internal and external. 

Describe a typical day

  • Weekly meeting to plan the week’s tasks
  • Regular stand-ups and check-ins with Design and Production teams
  • Work with design team to develop patterns for new products
  • Work with dedicated sample machinists to realise products as per designer’s brief and ensure patterns are ready for manufacture.
  • Create production ready patterns for internal and external use. 
  • Create duplicate sets of patterns for external use
  • Provide Design team with all technical information to create accurate BOM’s and Tech packs and Cut Sheets. 
  • Manage timelines with various projects and needs on the go. 

Experience and/or Educational Requirements

The successful candidate must have/be:

  • 3-5 years relevant work experience in pattern making, ideally for bags and/or accessories 
  • An exceptional eye for detail and precision 
  • Quick and efficient decision making 
  • Time management 
  • Confident in communications
  • Proactive work ethic
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Team player
  • Have a passion for the natural world 

Great to haves (an added bonus, but not required)

  • If you have worked in the development of outdoor bags and / or accessories. Otherwise a transition from handbags, leather or sportswear would be preferable. 


  • Strong Environmental Focus
  • Family Oriented
  • People First