Course Title: Lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MANU6077C

Course Title: Lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3227 - Certificate III in Clothing Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 20

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 lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays.

It applies to situations where single garments or only a couple of layers of fabric are to be cut. The marker may be developed directly on the fabric lay or planned separately and applied. Patterns are likely to have uncomplicated shaping and few pieces such as T-shirts, straight or A-line skirts, shift dresses, tracksuits, section crowns, brims, tips, side bands, berets.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2007B Lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays


1. Prepare workstation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Workstation, cutting table and seating are set up according to OHS practices and specifications for work.

1.2 Cutting equipment is cleaned, checked and servicing assessed according to manufacturer instructions.

1.3 Cutting table is prepared to suit correct lay length.

1.4  Lay-up and marking equipment is set up and prepared for use.


2. Lay-up fabric

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Lay-up instructions are interpreted.

2.2 Fabric is collected and checked.

2.3 Fabric width and quality are checked with lay-up instructions.

2.4 Fabric is laid up and fabric tension adjusted to match fabric performance.

2.5  Fabric is checked for faults and required action taken to cut out faults or other appropriate techniques.


3. Draft lay marker

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Cutting order is interpreted for marking requirements such as fabric type, width, quantity and garment sizes.

3.2 Required pattern pieces are collected and checked manually or by computer.

3.3 Pattern pieces are manipulated and positioned manually on paper or by computer for most efficient fabric use.

3.4 Lay marker is drawn up manually or by computer.

3.5 Lay-up instructions are prepared according to requirements.


4. Copy marker

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Marker is checked against requirements.

4.2  Marker is copied either manually or by computer.


5. Position marker

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Marker is placed on lay.

5.2  Marker and lay alignment are checked and appropriate action taken according to job specifications


6. Cut work

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Lay is cut using cutting equipment according to requirements for operation.

6.2 Cut work is inspected, any faults identified and appropriate action taken to ensure cut pieces meet required quality standards.

6.3 Preventative action is taken to avoid any recurrence of defective pieces, and is recorded.

6.4 Performance of cutting equipment is regularly checked for signs of faulty operation, including evidence from inspection of cut pieces, and any required action is taken.

6.5 OHS practices are followed.

6.6 Action is taken according to OHS practices to prevent accidents and to eliminate risks to personal safety.


7. Complete work

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Cut work is directed to next operation and work area is cleaned and prepared for next job.

7.2  Master copy of lay marker is stored in filing drawer or computer as appropriate.

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

This unit is clustered with the following units:

LMTCL3010BSew woven and knit garments
LMTCL2008BFinish garment production

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

WeeksGeneralLay Up, Mark and Cut Uncomplicated Fabrics and LaysSew Woven & Stretch Knit GarmentsFinish Garment ProductionHome Work
1Introduce Units/SemesterMark and Cut elastic sampleElastic samples - 2 methodsDiscuss the 2 methods of completed elastic samplesWrite note of what you learnt in this lesson
2 Lay and Cut own child shorts. Learn straight grain, two way fabrics, chalk, pins, notches, labelling and bundle.Finish Elastic samplesIntroduce Spec sheet and Assembly plan on child shortComplete Spec Sheet and Assembly Plan
315 mins review and check homework and outline todays workLay and Cut own child shortsConstruct shorts, include labels.Remind class to bring shirt from semster 1 to complete buttons and button-holes. 
4 Lay, mark and cut sample button & button holeButton and b-hole samplesButton and b-hole samples. Then complete b and b-holes on shirt. Press swing ticket and pack.1/ Upload photo of Button and b-holes on shirt and swing ticket. 2/ Bring pant trousers, shirt or dress for alterations next week.
5 Lay, mark and cut sample Blind hem sampleBlind hem sampleMake blind hem sample 
615 mins review and check homework and outline todays workEach student lay and cut out their own Baby TDemonstrate knit machines - mock, cover stitch, binder. Discuss Rib knit fabrics (1 way and 2 way stretch etc). Student to make sample knitInspect and Discuss of the seam samples  
  Lay mark cut knit sample on different grain for testing of using knitted sewing machines   
7 Each student lay and cut out their own Baby TConstruct and complete Baby T shirt. Including the Assembly Plan, Quality report, Spec Sheet.Construct and complete Baby T shirt. Including the Assembly Plan, Quality report, Spec Sheet.Upload photo of Baby T and lessons learnt
8 Student chooses Adult T Shirt, Rashie Vest or Windcheater. Cut, construct, plus paperwork and complete.Student chooses Adult T Shirt, Rashie Vest or Windcheater. Cut, construct, plus paperwork and complete.Student chooses Adult T Shirt, Rashie Vest or Windcheater. Cut, construct, plus paperwork and complete. 
9 Continue knit productContinue knit productsContinue and complete knit products 
1015 mins review and check homework and outline todays workContinue knit productContinue and complete knit productsContinue and complete knit productsBring 4 articles for alterations after break
11 Lay mark and cut pocket sampleStart pockets (Hip curve and In seam pockets). Upload photos of shaped seams (before and after)
12  Welt zip. Invisible zip. Grown on zip. Research zip uses. Record where they are applied to be submitted next week. Download or take photographs ready for show and tell next week in class.
1315 mins review and check homework and outline todays work Zip uses - show and tell with photographs. Continue with work from last week. Submit report on zip uses and applications.
14 Skirt project: Trace supplied pattern. Lay up plan, select fabric and cut out.Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications.Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications. 
15 Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications.Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications.Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications. 
1615 mins review and check homework and outline todays workSkirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications.Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications.Skirt project: Assembly, construct, complete and specifications. 

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 abillity to prepare workstations, lay-up fabric, draft lay markers, copy and position markers, cut and complete work. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


AssessmentsTask NameCommencement WeekAssessment due
1MIX AND MATCH - Cutting Test. Glossary TestWeek 1Beginning of class Week 4
2MACHINE STITCH SAMPLES - Produce samples using knit and weave machines.Week 4End of  class Week 8
3Complete SkirtWeek 14End of class Week 16

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


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.

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