Contra Costa 4-H Program
University of California
Contra Costa 4-H Program

Fashion Revue

County Fashion Revue
April 28, 2018 @ 8:30AM - 3PM
Old River School
30 Learning Lane, Brentwood, directions

8:30 AM - 9:00AM - Check-in

9:00AM - 9:30AM - Orientation

9:30 AM - 1:00AM - Evaluations

2:00 PM - Fashion Show - EVERYONE WELCOME! 

You don't need to be in sewing to participate!  There are lots of opportunities for participation-

1.  cover contest  Entries due by March 5, 2018.  Please send your entries to Riley Lewis.  Entries must have the following information: Contra Costa County Fashion Revue,  Sewing Down Memory Lane, April 28, 2018, and the artist’s name.  Entries must be drawn by hand.  Digital designs will NOT be accepted.  Entries may be turned in at Presentation day or scanned and emailed to Riley Lewis before March 5, 2018. Best of luck to all our entrants!

2.  You don't need to be in sewing to compete in the consumer science or Retro/Vintage categories.  See the State Fashion Revue website for rules and details about these categories.  

We will also be holding a Fashion revue workshop to help participants prepare for the big day.  We will be going over modeling, judges questions and other information to prepare for the event. NO registration required for this event. This event will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 from  7:00pm - 8:30pm at the 4-H office in Pleasant Hill.

Online entry for Fashion Revue will be available starting March 1, 2018 and will close on April 6, 2018 at 8:00AM.

Come have fun at the Contra Costa County Fashion Revue

You can sew, purchase or upcycle an outfit and enter it in one of the five categories. County Winners will qualify to participate in State Fashion Revue on June 2, 2018 at UC Davis

Enrollment in a Sewing Project is NOT required for the following two categories:

  • Consumer Science - Purchased (coordinate entire outfit, including shoes and accessories under $40) Must provide receipts (from the current 4-H year) for all items worn by member)

  • Retro/Vintage Inspired Challenge - Create at least one wearable vintage garment (20-100 years old).  Use an inspiration that is from 1900-2000.  Include handmade or purchased items that are a representation of the era to help complete the outfit.

Enrollment in a Sewing Project is REQUIRED for the following three categories:

  • Traditional (garment or outfit sewn by member)

  • See It, Sew It (garment or outfit sewn by member)

  • Upcycled (must submit before and after photos)

Register Online

Registration closes April 6, 2018 at 8:00AM

Fashion Revue Workshop

New to Fashion Revue?  Come to our workshop!

When: April 13, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: Contra Costa 4-H Office, 75 Santa Barbara Rd, 2nd Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA

What: We will be going over modeling, judges questions and other information to prepare for the event. NO registration needed for the workshop.

For More Information


Cheryl Sherwood


Teri Fitzgugh

Fashion Revue 2017 Results

Congratulations to our winners, and great job by all our participants!  Click the link below to view this year's results.

Fashion Revue Results 2017

Helpful Information

More information and helpful tips are available at the State Fashion Revue Website

Check out the State Fashion Revue Judges Guide for rubrics and more detailed information to guide you with your entries. 

General Rules

Traditional, See It, Sew It and Upcycled challenge entries must be sewn as part of the member’s Clothing & Textiles project (aka Sewing). There are no project requirements for the CS-Purchased category or the Retro/Vintage.

For all entries, the outfit must be produced and modeled by the individual member.

All outfits must meet SFR modesty guidelines.  All shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. must be at least fingertip length, bathing suits are not allowed.

State Fashion Revue rules will be followed with the exception that members may enter in multiple categories at the county level.  If a member is chosen as county winner for 2 or more categories they must choose one category for the state competition.  Rules are available here

Entry Information

Traditional: The focus is to showcase the member's sewing skills and ability to coordinate an outfit.

  • As skill levels range from beginning to advanced, entries in the Traditional category will also vary. The entry might be a one-piece dress or it might be three coordinated pieces.
  • A beginning member may sew one garment and purchase coordinating pieces to complete the outfit, for example a sewn jumper worn with a purchased blouse. The entry form would state which garment(s) are sewn.
  • If the Traditional ensemble has additional sewn garments which cannot all be worn at once, for example a 4-piece suit containing coordinating pieces, the additional garments may be carried. All the coordinated sewn pieces will be evaluated.
  • There is no separate category at SFR for wool or cotton. If the outfit is sewn from yardage, regardless of fabric content, it is a Traditional entry.

Consumer Science Purchased: Consumer Science Purchased, $40.00 Limit for the entire outfit, includes shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. The member should consider value vs. cost, versatility, the shopping experience, and coordination of the outfit within the cost limit. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category.

NEW FOR 2018:

See It, Sew It Challenge: Have you found an outfit online or in a magazine that you would love to copy for yourself? This category is perfect for you! Start with a picture of a new garment or outfit from a current magazine, catalog, store display, or website. List the retail price if you were to purchase the garment or outfit. Then get creative and copy it. Include the cost of your sewn garment/outfit. Use of a commercial or hand-drawn pattern is your choice (the original picture cannot be from the pattern envelope.) The garment must be made in the Clothing and Textiles project. The focus of this category is copying a new garment and making it fit you. The entry should only be modified for fit, type of fabric, or color/print of fabric, keeping it as close to the original as possible. Copying a vintage Lucille Ball dress, for example, would be in the Retro Challenge. 

Retro/Vintage Inspired Challenge: Create an outfit that is inspired by a vintage design using new fabric and notions. Vintage is 20-100 years old, so use an inspiration that is from 1900-2000. The entry must state the year or period of the design and include a drawing, photo, or description of the design that inspires your outfit. At least one garment must be handmade by the member. Other garments and accessories can be handmade or purchased but must be representational of the same era. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. 

Ideas for sources of inspiration include but aren’t limited to: a sewing pattern that belonged to your parent, an outfit worn by your parent or grandparent in their youth, an iconic outfit worn by someone famous like Lucille Ball, Nancy Reagan, John Wayne, or James Dean, or use one of the new sewing patterns labeled Retro.

Ideas by eras:

  • 20s Gangster style, flannel fabric, flapper dress (calf length straight shift), short, sleek hair, Mary Jane ankle strap shoe,
  • 30s double breasted suits, full trousers, halter tops, shoulder pads, nylon hosiery, cowl neckline,  more fitted dress defining the waist,
  • 40s single breasted jackets, cuff and pleat free pants – limited use of wool during WWII, Dior designed fitted jacket and full skirt,
  • 50s trim tailoring, leisure time madras prints, Hawaiian shirts, pink shirts, poodle skirts, petticoats, peter pan collared blouses, pencil slim skirts, Chanel’s collarless, boxy jacket and slim skirt, A line dress, pony tail hair style, seamless stockings
  • 60s hippie look and preppy styles, tight jeans, peasant look, bell bottoms, paisley shirts, mini skirts, tie-dye, go-go boots, ¾ length sleeves, Nehru jackets, tent dress, Empire line dress, bouffant beehives,
  • 70s hot pants, nylon, acrylic and polyester fabrics, floppy collars, platform shoes, jogging suits, leisure suits, disco/glam rock, mini/maxi length, empire style dress, ethnic peasant style, , friendship bracelets,  pant suits, tank tops, clogs, satin jackets and open shirts,
  • 80s big shoulder pads, bold colors, graphic patterns, leather and studded designer jeans, leg warmers, parachute pants, polo shirts, power suits with wide shoulders, tailored wool suit,  big hair, tights and panty hose,
  • 90s grunge, loose, baggy silhouette, prints, rips and washed out shades of beige, goth and cyber punk, long straight hair parted down the middle, power bead bracelets
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