Contra Costa 4-H Program
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Contra Costa 4-H Program

Fashion Revue

Contra Costa County Fashion Revue


Date: April 29 2017

Check-in 8:30 am

Competition starts at 9am

Fashion Show (everyone welcome!) starts at 1:30pm

Fair Oaks Church

1925 Risdon Road, Concord, CA  directions

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

1.  cover contest  Entries due by March 18.  Please send your entries to Riley Lewis.  Entries must have the following information: Contra Costa County Fashion Revue,  Zipping Down the Runway , April 29, 2017, 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 18. Best of luck to all our entrants!

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

3.  Sewn still category.  You do not need to be in a sewing project to enter.  Items such as quilts, pillows, fiber arts, doll clothes, etc may be entered and displayed.  Winners in this category will not be eligible to go on to State, but this will be a great “warm-up” round for the county fair!

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 21 7-8:30pm at the 4-H office in Pleasant Hill.

Online entry for Fashion Revue will be available starting March 15 and due by April 18.

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 May 27, 2017.

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)

  • Knit Challenge- Create a wearable garment of Knit fabric. Include handmade or purchased garments to help complete the outfit. Swimwear is NOT allowed.

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

  • Traditional (garment or outfit sewn by member)

  • Stripe/Print/Plaid Challenge (garment or outfit sewn by member)

  • Upcycled (must submit before and after photos)

Register Online

Registration is closed. 

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

Fashion Revue Workshop

New to Fashion Revue?  Come to our workshop!

When: April 21, 2017 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Contra Costa 4-H Office, 75 Santa Barbara Rd, 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.

View the Fashion Revue Flyer

County Fashion Review Flyer

For More Information


Beth Manning


Teri Fitzgugh

Helpful Information

Writing Your Commentary

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, Upcycled and Stripe/Plaid 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 Knit Challenge.

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 a 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.

Upcycled category involves taking at least one existing garment and turning it into a completely new, different, and usable garment. The outfit must also include an accessory made from something that wasn’t originally an accessory.

  • A before photograph is required showing the beginning garment.
  • Refashioning clothes and accessories is a great way to revamp your wardrobe on a budget. Instead of throwing away unwanted pieces of clothing or household items, be innovative and transform them into items you can actually wear.
  • This is not an alteration. It is taking one or more existing garments, deconstructing them, possibly adding other fabrics or materials, and ending up with a different garment. It is not a dress changed into a different dress. But it could be pants and a shirt changed into a dress.
  • Ideas include:

o    A dress from a man’s shirt with embellishments from neckties

o    Transform a t-shirt into a ruffled shrug

o    A prom dress made from men’s tuxedo pants and a silk scarf

o    Pants from an old jacket using the buttons to fasten the new pockets

o    A hat made from a sweater (accessory)

o    A belt made from jeans (accessory)

o    A shoulder bag from pants (accessory)

o    Jewelry from paper clips, pull tabs, and newspaper (accessory)

Stripe/Print/Plaid Challenge
Choose any two of the three fabric designs (stripe, print, and plaid) and incorporate them into one or more sewn garments. If one garment is sewn, it must include 2 of the 3 choices (ex: a shirt containing print and plaid). If multiple garments are sewn, the 2 choices can be in one garment (ex: print and plaid shirt), more than one garment (ex: print and plaid shirt and skirt), or one garment each (ex: print shirt and striped pants). The addition of other fabric is allowed (ex: solids, other prints/stripes/plaids, etc.). For this category, polka dots are considered a print even if the dots appear to be in straight lines.  A plaid has a pattern of multi-color horizontal stripes intersecting with multi-color vertical stripes.  Checked fabrics like gingham and buffalo checks as well as houndstooth designs are considered plaids. Besides the construction techniques for stripes and plaids, consider the placement of prints, harmonious combination of fabrics in design of the outfit and current style trends. Include handmade or purchased garments and items to complete the outfit. The entry must be created by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. (New for 2017)

Knit Challenge

Construct an entire wearable garment out of knit fabric. Any fabric content is allowed (cotton, polyester, wool, rayon, blend, etc.) and any type of knit (single knit, double knit, rib knit). This is not a garment that is hand-knit; it is a garment that is sewn, serged, or otherwise constructed using fabric. In designing and constructing the garment, consider how the stretch of knit fabric affects the fit and the opportunity to learn new techniques for seaming, hemming and edge finishes. Include handmade or purchased garments and items to complete the outfit. Open to all 4-H members with no project requirement. (New for 2017)

Note: The Knit Challenge is for a garment or garments constructed of knit fabric, not a stretch woven fabric. Some woven fabrics have lycra or spandex threads in them, like stretch denim, so they have a little stretch and the clothes you make are more comfortable. But that is still a woven fabric created by weaving two or more threads. Knit fabrics are made differently than wovens, using one continuous thread. Knit fabrics have 2-way stretch like t-shirt fabric or 4-way stretch like knits used for athletic wear. Because of the stretch in a knit fabric, they require different sewing techniques, hence the challenge. If you are in doubt about your fabric, consult with a sewing project leader.


Non-Wearables:  Members may enter any item sewn by them that they are not able to model in the Fashion show.  These items will be displayed at the back of the Fashion Show room.  Winners of these categories are NOT eligible to compete at State Fashion Revue.

The categories for entry are

  1. Quilting
  2. Fiber Arts (this may include knitting, crochet, or felting)
  3. Non-Wearable sewn items (for example pillows, purse, placemat)
  1. Wearable, but not by exhibitor (doll clothes, clothes made for another person)
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