Course Title: Computer Grading and Marker Making

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: GRAP5126L

Course Title: Computer Grading and Marker Making

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5166 - Diploma of Textiles Clothing and Footwear

Course Contact : Rhonda Ingwersen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9214

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sandy Benson -

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Pre-requisites: Grading

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required for the construction of blocks to make patterns for use in garment production processes within an enterprise.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTPDCL06A Construct block to make patterns


Construct and adjust toiles

Performance Criteria:

a. Toiles are accurately constructed from the block.
b. Correct proportion, fit and balance is achieved by fitting and making the necessary adjustments.
c. Accuracy of adjusted toiles is evaluated in relation to specifications, body movement and comfort.


Construct the block

Performance Criteria:

a. Appropriate drafting principles and methods are selected for block construction.
b. Styles are analysed in relation to the size specifications and required silhouette and design lines.
c. Block is constructed and checked to ensure compliance with requirements.


Develop and complete final blocks

Performance Criteria:

a. Information from adjusted toiles is transferred to blocks.
b. Alterations are carried out in response to the toile fitting.
c. Final blocks are completed and checked for accuracy and completeness of all necessary information, including cutting instructions, and to ensure compliance with specifications.
d. Blocks are filed in accordance with enterprise procedures.


Interpret the design

Performance Criteria:

a. Design sketch/drawing is interpreted and clarified with designer or senior patternmaker as required.
b. Design lines and features are identified.
c. Fabric characteristics and performance, and trims and finishings are considered in relation to the design.


Maintain records

Performance Criteria:

a. Records are maintained and reports prepared, where necessary, in accordance with enterprise procedures.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit class activities relate to:
1. Identifying program functions relevant to pattern grading
2. Inputting grade values into computer system
3. Applying grade values to pattern shapes in the computer
4. Recognising and rectifying grading faults
5. Preparing computer images for marker making
6. Identifying Program Functions relevant to marker making
7. Creating lay markers to required specifications
8. Obtaining hard copies to check pattern shapes, garments and markers

Details of Learning Activities

Practical workshops in a computerised setting used Gerber software and appropriate hardware including digitiser and Full-scale and scaled printers, following industry practices, incorporating all of the required learning outcomes as listed

Teaching Schedule

Review of semester 1 patternmaking
Introduction to course
Assessment breakdown
Exercise on co-ordinates (mapping an asterisk)
Review of grading – master grade method
Students to fill in master (nest) grade plan for basic skirt block
Quick demo of computer aided grading
Revise digitising process

Divide class into 4 groups:
2 groups do pattern prep for digitising of C4702
Digitising of C4702.mdl (use B10M)

2 groups do grading of basic skirt
Need to have grade plans with you BEFORE grading on screen
Swap with a partner and check each other’s work
Swap around after approx 1hr
Introduction to F6: Control – grading on screen
Grading of basic skirt on screen
Draft waistband – waist = 68cm + 2cm ease + 3cm wrap x height 6cm
Notch CF & wrap

Skirt style grade – C4702
Demo of sheet selection
Students to note: C4702 is asymmetrical (pocket flap on one side only) & zip notch gets graded
Check graded nest on screen – refer to your grade plans
Create a Model for C4702
Enter cutting & fabric information
Screen Capture, Print screen

Marker making process using Gerber software
Marker making of skirt style:
1 x sample marker
1 x ratio (1:2:2:1) – 2 way fabric
Fill in marker making sheet

Complete skirt marker making
Basic skirt block -full scale & mini plot of graded nest

Basic bodice block grade
Grade on screen
Students to measure and compare grade on front & back necklines & print out spreadsheet
Shirt style grade
Marker making of shirt style
Pant block grade
Pant style grade
Marker making of pant style
Start project/assignment
Revise digitising – also introduce internal lines using 7 to start
Creating own rule tables
Continue project/assignment
Continue project/assignment
Continue project/assignment
Assessment/Submission of all work

Please note that this teaching schedule may be subject to change with prior notification.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include: Progressive assessments/class exercises, assignment/project, simulated workplace activities
Tasks that have not been authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is necessary to demonstrate that you can:
1. Develop grading specifications
2. Input pattern data into the computer system
3. Retrieve and process data
4. Identify program functions relevant to pattern grading
5. Input grade values/Apply grade values to pattern shapes
6. Recognise & rectify input grading faults
7. Obtain hard copies to check grading
8. Prepare graded patterns for marker making
9. Develop marker making specifications
10. Input marker making data into computer system
11. Lay markers
12. Obtain hard copies to check complete

Assessment Tasks

Students need to demonstrate competence in both the class exercises/activities and assignment/project work.

Class work/activities – 50%
Project/assignment – 50%

Assessment Matrix

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