Course Title: Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MANU5373C

Course Title: Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

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

Sue Scott
Sandie 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

LMTCL2003A Identify fibres and fabrics

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fabric performance and handling requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL3001A Identify fabric performance and handling requirements


1. Identify fibres and fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Appropriate identification methods are selected.
1.2 Identification methods are used to identify fabrics and component fibres.


2. Identify fabric performance characteristics

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Key performance characteristics of fabrics are identified and described.
2.2 Performance testing of fabrics is conducted.
2.3 Common problems and faults of fabrics are identified.
2.4 Fabric quality is identified using established quality indicators.
2.5 Performance of fabric is tested according to OH&S practices.


3. Identify fabric handling requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Performance characteristics are used to describe appropriate uses of fabrics.
3.2 Fibre and fabric finishes and implications for handling are identified.
3.3 Care requirements in handling fabrics are identified.
3.4 Implications for production are identified.


4. Identify cleaning and labelling requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Care and cleaning requirements of fabrics are identified.
4.2 Labelling requirements are identified according to Australian Standards.

Learning Outcomes

The unit applies to fabrics used to produce garments and accessories and includes skills and knowledge required to guide the use and handling of fabrics. It includes sourcing information from reference material and industry specialists as well as conducting simple tests to identify fabric types and properties. Identification methods and tests covered by this unit are those where the procedure has already been determined and the range of outcomes established.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Introduction to unit.
Assessment Requirements.
Discuss fabric faults. Pilling, fading, shrinkage ect.
Week 2
Fabric testing requirements.
Look at Australian standards
Discuss the use of blue and grey scales.
View Textile testing DVD
Week 3
Discuss fabric testing.
Select Knitted and Woven Fabrics for testing.
Calculate fabric weight, sett and structure
Week 4
Prepare samples according to standards for testing.
Colourfastness tests. Dimensional stability
Week 5
Continue testing fabrics and record results.
Stretch recovery and pilling
Week 6
Continue testing fabrics and record results
Seam slippage tests.
Week 7
Collate results to present to class. Class discussion.
Fabric testing reports due.
Week 8
Labelling requirements according to the standards.
Week 9
Care labelling requirements according to the standards.
Hand out labelling assignment
Week 10
Children’s wear labelling requirements talk.
Labelling assignments due
Week 11
Surface decoration of fabrics.
Research different finishing processes.
Week 12
Presentation of different finishing processes.
Week 13
View video Textile Colouration of different dye types and methods.
Answer questionnaire.
Week 14
Dye a range a fabrics with different dyes.
Week 15
Excursion to a Dye house.
Week 16
Test dyed sample for colourfastness.
Week 17
Collate and discuss results form dyeing.
Report due
Week 18
Develop a specification for a yarn and fabric
Oral presentation to Class for discussion.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


E.P.G. Gohl and L.D. Vilensky, Textiles for Modern Living

Anna L. Langford. Textiles Tenth Edition. Sara J Kadolph

The Textiles Institute, Textile Terms and Definitions

Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles

Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics

Wilfred Ingamells, Colour for textiles a user’s handbook.

Australian standards. (Standards online)

Other Resources

Pick Glass

Overview of Assessment

Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is necessary. Assessment 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.
You will be given further information about the assessment tasks in class.

Assessment Tasks

1. Fabric Performance Testing 30% :- Students will be required to conduct standard tests on two given fabrics and report on the results.
2. Fabric specification 10% :- Complete a specification for a given yarn and fabric. Oral presentation in class.
3. Care and Content labelling assignment 30% :- Demonstrate the ability to select a range of labels in accordance with Australian Standards.
4. Dyeing Questionnaire 10% :- View Textile Colouration Video and complete a questionnaire.
5. Dyeing report 10-% :- Report on results achieved when different fabrics are dyed with a range of dyes.
6. Fibre and Fabric Finishes 10% :- Research a given finishing process and present findings to class.

Assessment Matrix

 Fabric Performance Testing Fabric specification Care and Content labelling assignment Dyeing Questionnaire Dyeing report           Fibre and Fabric Finishes             
1. Identify fibres and fabrics X   X
2. Identify fabric performance characteristicsXXXXXX
3. Identify fabric handling requirementsX X  X
4. Identify cleaning and labelling requirements  X   

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