Course Title: Cut leather by hand

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: MANU7244C

Course Title: Cut leather by hand

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4238 - Certificate IV in Custom made Footwear

Course Contact : Ben Stranieri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Robinson
Ph: 03 9925 9252 

Nominal Hours: 50

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 unit you will develop the knowledge and skills in planning and organising to prepare to cut leather by hand.  You will have the opportunity to use simple and complicated pattern pieces and a range of leather qualities. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFP3001B Cut leather by hand


1. Set up workstation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workstation is set up according to specifications.

1.2 Cutting equipment and patterns are selected and prepared according to specified work and sizes, and manufacturer instructions.

1.3 Materials are collected, sorted and laid out in preparation for cutting.

1.4 Cutting board is routinely cleaned and maintained.

1.5 Records are maintained.


2. Assess leather

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The leather is assessed for scars, marks and faults that impact on cutting.

2.2 Leather is assessed and sorted to comply with requirements of different jobs and pattern pieces.


3. Cut leather by hand

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Problems or faults with patterns, knives and cutting boards are identified and referred for repair.

3.2 Cutting knives and patterns are used to minimise waste.

3.3 Scars, marks and fault areas of high-quality leather are identified and patterns are positioned accordingly.

3.4 Patterns are positioned to allow for identified flaws, nap of suede or other grain or print characteristics of leather.

3.5 Cutting techniques are used to match pattern shape, size and leather quality.

3.6 Pieces are cut precisely to size and are colour coded and size and colour matched.
3.7 Work is carried out according to OHS practices .


4. Check finished product

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Finished products are checked against job specifications and workplace standards.

4.2 Fault or irregularities are addressed.

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

Integrated learning consisting of theory and practical components carried out in practical workshops, in a simulated workplace environment, in the skills and knowledge required to develop custom-made footwear product.

Teaching Schedule

Weeks 1 – 18
Practical workshops for Cut leather by hand will be conducted in conjunction with other practical based learning. Workshops will include demonstration of techniques and students will be required to demonstrate their practical skills required to Cut leather by hand. Learning will include identifying and using appropriate equipment, safe set-up of equipment & working with a range of materials and components used in footwear manufacture. Work on cutting leather by hand will be carried out during the development of the following pairs of shoes:
Week 1-5 Development of Court Shoe - 1Pair
Week 6-12 Development of Derby Shoe - 1Pair
Week 13-18 Development of Oxford Shoe - 1Pair

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Bespoke Shoemaking: a comprehensive guide to hand made footwear – Skyrme, Tim

Other Resources

• Assorted Hand Tools
• Footwear components

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and will consist of both theory and practical based exercises, predominantly in class but some out of class research and information formatting is required as well. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks.

All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved. Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is encouraged.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

Student will demonstrate and answer relevant questions regarding the knowledge and skills required to perform stuff cutting to a competent standard.
Work will be assessed against an assessment template for Cut leather by hand.

Assessment Matrix

 Completion of all requirements listed on assesment template
1. Set up workstation 


2. Assess leather


3. Cut leather by hand


4. Check finished product


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