Very intricate design... are you in fashion school?
I'm studying for a degree at london college of fashion, 2 years of hard slog left!
What is that like? I've got to choose (not for a couple of years yet luckily) between something practical, like accounting which I would enjoy, or fashion where it may be hard to get a job but I think would be even more fun. ) I don't know if I have enough talent for fashion college, I've only really made slight adjustments to patterns so far.
I had a similar hard decision to make, between computing and fashion. Go with what you love the most! You'll have to put in at least 3 years of hard work, so it really helps to adore the subject.
There are actually quite a few jobs available in fashion, but they're often badly paid, lower end jobs
It also depends where you live.
When I started I had very little experience with pattern cutting. I don't think it's expected, it's very handy to know your way around a pattern though. What they looked for on my course was potential and originality, and most of all sheer determination
As for me, I really love it! I've always wanted to learn how to design and make clothes and they've taught me an awful lot. It's not an easy course (I study part-time, and commute 60 miles to college), the workload is intense too.
All you can do is try! If I can be any help, let me know *hugs* good luck!