Course Title: Develop product specifications for fashion design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2008

Course Code: GRAP5187C

Course Title: Develop product specifications for fashion design

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5202 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sam Cutajar -
Mary Mirt -
Susie Weir -

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

LMTFD3004A Draw a trade drawing for fashion design

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to complete detailed specifications for fashion designs to guide production.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4012A Develop product specifications for fashion design


1. Identify types of specification sheet

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Key features of different types of specification sheet are described.
1.2 Types of drawing techniques used on specification sheets are identified.


2. Identify specification standards used by industry

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Acceptable deviations from set standards for sizing and quality are identified.
2.2 Common faults and discrepancies and their causes are identified.
2.3 Industry standards in relation to sizing are identified.
2.4 Impact of industry sizing deviations on specifications is identified.


3. Prepare specification sheet for fashion product

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Design instructions are analysed and interpreted.
3.2 Drawing/sketch is produced on specification sheet.
3.3 Specification sheet is completed with relevant information.
3.4 Set deviations are recorded on specification sheet.


4. Test specifications

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Finished product is compared against specifications.
4.2 Deviations are identified and recorded.
4.3 Deviations are addressed or repaired.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn a range of skills in a simulated work environment. Including development of a range of specifications formats, using a variety of means (including information technology). How to collect information for the use in the preparation of specifications. they will also learn how to Inspect work against specifications to ensure the effectiveness of specifications and if necessary make changes to improve specification content and format.

Details of Learning Activities

1. Exploration of specifications through identification, research and analysis of standard processes used for the production of garments.
2. Activities related to methods used to develop specifications by means of comparison, selection and use of different formats in areas such as design, and sizing.
3. Evaluation of the effectiveness of specifications and procedures through the application of assessment techniques.
4. Giving and receiving information through the use of reports and related information technologies; maintenance of records.

Teaching Schedule

1. Course orientation: Assessment requirements
2. Fundamental characteristics of Specification formats.
3. Garment trims and components including examples, uses and limitations:
4. Formatting Specifications.
5. Using Excel for specifications. Other software used for specifications
6. Development specification pack
7. Development of specification manual
8. Testing and using specifications
Please note, subject to prior notification, the order of the units may change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Quality Assurance for Textiles and Apparel
Kadolph, Sara J. Date: New York: Fairchild Publications, c 1998

A Cut Above the Rest: a guide to cutting and marker making for apparel
Samuels, Rose. Date: Edgecliff, N.S.W.: Publishing and Production Projects, c1994

Apparel Manufacturing Sewn Products Analysis
Glock, R.E. and Kunz, G.I. Macmillan, USA, 1995

Apparel Manufacturing Handbook: analysis, principles and practices
2nd Edition, S.D. Bobbin, Blenheim Media. Columbia, 1998

Garment Technology for Fashion Designers
Cooklin, Gerry , Oxford , Blackwell Science.

Introduction to Clothing Manufacture
Cooklin, Gerry , London ,BSPProfessional Books.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Learners need to demonstrate by means of a range of assessment tasks (such as written or oral tests and practical activities) that they can:
1. Collect information for use in the preparation of specifications
2. Develop a range of specification,.
3. Use a variety of means (including information technology) to develop specification formats.
4. Inspect work against specifications to ensure the effectiveness of specifications and if necessary make changes to improve specification content and format.
5. Maintain records and appropriate documentation.

Assessment Tasks

Progressive class work and collated folder of specifications including:

Manual 35%

Report and Specifications 65%

Assessment Matrix

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