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Fashion Revue (April)

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Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue is a fun opportunity for Sonoma County 4-H members to show off the knowledge, skills and creativity they have used to create and present their various clothing or textile related projects. The goals of 4-H Fashion Revue are to inspire an appreciation of clothing, textiles, consumer science, and personal development. 

Fashion Show - While the Fashion Revue includes a Fashion Show, the Fashion Show is not judged! The show occurs after lunch and is a fun time for friends and family to see the members’ accomplishments.

Evaluating for the Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue will be based on the information in the State Fashion Revue's SFR Guide which includes scorecards and sample questions to ask participants. This guide is available at the State Field Day Volunteer website.

Members may enter multiple County and State Categories at the Sonoma County Fashion Revue, but a member may only have one entry per category and an entry may not be entered in multiple categories.

Age divisions – Age as of 12/31/2019

  • Primary 5 – 8 years old (not evaluated)
  • Junior 9 – 10 years old
  • Intermediate 11 – 13 years old
  • Senior 14 – 18 years old


County Only Categories

County Only Categories do not qualify for State Fashion Revue competition.
County Only Categories are open to all 4-H members – there are no project requirements for County categories.

Accessories – Create two or more different coordinating accessories made out of any material or combination of materials including:  fabric, leather, yarn, wire, embroidery floss, duct tape, seed beads, glass, or any other craft materials. The accessories must coordinate with each other and with the outfit the member chooses to wear with the accessories. The two accessories must be different types of accessories – two hair clips do not qualify, but it can be a hair clip and a bracelet.
Entry examples: belt, purse, wallet, slippers, jewelry, hat, scarf, gloves, hatband, hair accessories, phone holder, etc.

Bag Challenge – Use any technique or pattern to create a bag container using upcycled, recycled, or new materials. The entry should be appropriate for the skill level of the member. For example, an advanced member could make a zippered garment bag with pockets or a quilted sleeping bag using upcycled materials.
Other examples: feed sack tote, backpack, laptop carrier, purse made out of recycled materials, duct tape tote, crochet beach bag, jean book bag, etc.

Embellished – Creatively decorate an existing wearable garment using any variety of embellishing methods including: adding material, painting, dying, sewing, embroidering, trimming, gluing, etc. Entry must include a before and after picture.

Textile  Make a non-wearable item using any technique, any materials, and any pattern.
Entry examples: laptop carrier, shopping bag, garment bag, blanket, pillow case, animal blanket, home décor, placemat, holiday décor, teddy bear, etc.

County and State Categories

For State information, rules and scorecards, see the State Fashion Revue website.

Traditional – Participants in this category will construct garment(s), showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment. Participants are encouraged to construct additional garments and/or accessories to complete the outfit. The garment(s) in this category must be sewn by the member as part of the Clothing & Textiles/Sewing Project.

Consumer Science Purchased, $40.00 Limit – Participants in this category will shop for an entire outfit with the total cost not to exceed $40.00, including 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 participant 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.

Box Challenge – For 2020: Use 2 different fabrics

Participants in this challenge will sew one or more garments that contain 2 different fabrics that are visible. They can be 2 different colors, 2 different textures, a print and a solid, or any other combination of 2 different fabrics. The fabric used for lining doesn’t count. If one garment is sewn it has to contain the 2 different fabrics. If more than one garment is sewn, the sewn garments together must contain the 2 different fabrics. More than 2 fabrics may be used but that does not increase the scorecard points.

In addition, choose from the following elements that are in your box. Junior members must include at least two (2) in their sewn garment(s). Intermediate members must include at least three (3). Senior members must include at least four (4). The garment(s) must be sewn by the member as part of the Clothing & Textiles/Sewing project.

In the box:

  • Zipper, functional
  • Buttonholes, at least 2 that are functional
  • Pockets, 2, any type
  • Collar, waistband, or set-in sleeve
  • Gathering or ruffle
  • Darts or pleats, 2 or more
  • Trim. Examples are, but not limited to: fringe, lace, bias binding, piping, etc.
  • Handmade accessory

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Fashion Revue Calendar
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Knowledge & Judging Contest

The Knowledge & Judging Contest will be held during the morning of the Fashion Revue. No pre-registration necessary. Any 4-H member may participate.

A new contest is created each year. For a previous sample, see 2016 in the Historical Information box below.

Historical Information

Information about previous years’ Fashion Revues

2013 Fashion Revue Results

2016 Fashion Revue info 

2017 Fashion Revue Info

2018 Fashion Revue Info

2019 Fashion Revue Info

Cosplay Challenge – Cosplay is the practice of dressing to resemble a fictional character from a movie, book, or video game. Cosplay can also depict an original character or a historical character.

Participants in this challenge will construct a cosplay costume. Start with a photo or drawing of the character that inspired the costume. Use any crafting techniques and any materials to make the costume. Pre-made, purchased costume kits, or parts of kits are not allowed. Accessories may be purchased. Do not include real or realistic weapons. The purchased garments may be used as a starting point for the costume (purchased jeans with sewn western shirt and vest; purchased blouse with a hand made poodle skirt and scarf). The costume and its theme must be 4-H appropriate. For instance, you can modify the Wonder Woman outfit to wear pants, tights, or a longer skirt. The participant must be able to walk, sit, and use stairs while in the costume. "DisneyBounding" is not considered Cosplay for this challenge. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category.

Vintage Challenge – The term "vintage" is used to describe clothing between 20 and 100 years old that is also clearly representative of the era in which it was produced. To be called vintage, the piece should strongly reflect styles and trends associated with that era. Participants in this challenge will create an outfit that is inspired by or looks like a design from 1900-2000, using new fabric and notions. The entry must state the year or period of the design and include a drawing, photo, or description of the classic design that is being reproduced or duplicated. Add accessories to complete the outfit that are reminiscent of that time period. The outfit must feature at least one handmade garment made by the member. Other pieces of the outfit must be representational and recognizable as belonging to the same era as the hand made garment. The garment(s) in this challenge must be sewn by the member as part of the Clothing & Textiles/Sewing Project.

County Winners in the 2020 State Categories are eligible to compete at the State Fashion Revue. Members may only bring one entry to the State Fashion Revue. If a County Winner is unable to enter State, then the County Medalist of the same category and age division is eligible to enter State. When a member is County Winner for more than one State Category, the member must choose one category to enter at State and then the County Medalist of the other category is eligible to enter in that category at State. See the State Fashion Revue website for the State manual.

2020 State Fashion Revue Service Projects

State Fashion Revue is coordinating two service projects for 2020:

Adult Bibs
easy to sew adult bibs, for nursing home patients
Information at: Adult Bibs  Pattern at: Adult Bib Pattern

Personal Care Kits
sewn from small towels, for homeless shelters and displaced persons
Information at: Personal Care Kits

See the State Fashion Revue website for more information and patterns for the service projects.

Questions & More Information

If you have any questions or need more information about the 4-H Fashion Revue, please email the committee: 
Heidi:   hmlavell@gmail.com
Naomi: weloveusa@comcast.net