Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: VART6448C

Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.

This includes identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry. Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics include knitted, woven and non-woven.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Distinguish types of TCF materials

Performance Criteria:


Recognise types of fibres and yarns, fabrics and textile materials used in the manufacture of clothing and textile products


Identify methods of distinguishing and identifying fibres, yarns or textile materials


Identify common and emerging fabrics used in the garment industry


Identify processes used on raw fibres, basic processed yarns or finished yarns to create textiles


Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


3 Identify characteristics of fabrics

Performance Criteria:


Identify fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics


Identify construction processes of a range of fabrics


Examine a range of fabric types and identify physical and visual qualities


Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


4 Distinguish methods of constructing fabric and textile material

Performance Criteria:


Identify the purposes of processing stages


Distinguish basic processes of spinning fibres into yarns or processing yarns into knitted, woven or non-woven textile material


Identify textile product construction processes


Identify uses of different types of fibres and yarns and their effects on finished products


5 Identify uses of fabrics and textiles

Performance Criteria:


Identify common uses of a variety of fabrics and labelling requirements


Identify a range of textile products and their end uses and labelling requirements


Identify methods of measuring fabric and textile material quality in an identified workplace


Identify the impact of quality on production processes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include the following:

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule







Home Work


Introduce Fabric and fibres

Prepare Folder


Set up folder using different Fibres and fabric samples

Collect different Fibre and Fabric samples

Bring to class magazine clippings of garments


 Introduce manual (fibre characteristics).


Start Fabric File. - Do 1 example in class with group.

1/ Review F & F and Quality manuals and answer questions to review in class.

2/ Watch YouTube video – HOW A NATURAL FABRIC IS MADE


Discuss You tube video for  FABRIC



Continue Fabric File.

1/ Collect 4 more different fabric samples

2/ Complete Files for folder


Fabric discussion and Handling of fabrics - right and wrong ways. Introduce Trims. Complete Fabric File

Upload picture of fabric & trim samples


Fabrication and handling of fabric (Care label) for Tote bag

Review lesson learnt on  Tote Bag


 (Tote Bag).fabric information- complete Spec Sheet

Upload picture of Tote Bag - comment on a lesson learnt

TERM BREAK – (Date: ……….)


Fabrication and handling of fabric for Child short

Review lesson learnt for child short


 (Happy Pant) fabric information- complete Spec Sheet

Upload picture child short – comment on lesson learnt


Weave exercise - Plain, twill and satin

Study knit and non-woven fabrics using fabric file sheet.

Resource Non-Woven and Knit fabrics


Review knit, discuss hand knit - terminology; garter, pearl/plain.  YouTube Video – KNIT. Complete Weave Samples

1/ Finish knit sample (hand knitting)

2/ Simple care labelling of all 4 fabric files from week 5.


Discuss You tube video for knit fabric

Write comment


Fabrication and handling of fabric for “Child’s shirt”

Review lesson learnt on Child’s Shirt-comment on lesson learnt


Attach labels - care, brand, size, complete  primary and secondary labels

Upload picture of Child shirt – comment


Complete child’s shirt

Upload photo on CANVAS and write comments about what you have learnt on Fibres & Fabrics






Work Safely

Apply Quality Standards

Use a Sew MC for fashion

Home Work


Orientation, Introduce Units, Tour of School. G+ or Facebook set-up in computer room

Personal Safety & Signs

Introduce Quality Standards

Discuss sewing kit. Equipment induction. Set up machine.

1/ OHS, FASHIONABLE online quiz. 2/ Student IDs - make sure they have one!



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your ability to identify fibres and fabrics, describe fabric construction processes and qualities of fabric plus determining the uses of fabrics.

Assessment Tasks


Task Name

Commencement Week

Assessment due


Assessment 1


Fabric Identification Sheets

Week 2

Week 15

Use template

Assessment 2


Weave Samples

Week 11

Week 12

Exercise using paper

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview