2016 Historical Information

"Hoe Down, Sew Down"

The goals of 4-H Fashion Revues are to inspire appreciation of clothing, textiles, consumer science, and personal development. 

The theme of 2016 Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue (SCFR) is

Hoe Down, Sew Down

Saturday April 9th, 2016 
4-H Center in Rohnert Park

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.

While the Fashion Revue includes a Fashion Show, the Fashion Show is not judged! However to receive awards, garments must be presented in the Fashion Show. The show occurs after lunch and is a fun time for friends and family to see the members’ entries.

Members may enter multiple County and State Categories at the Sonoma County Fashion Revue, but a member may only have one entry per category.

Before starting your project, please see the 2016 Sonoma County Fashion Revue Entry Chart for details about requirements needed for entries in each category including whether or not you need: before & after photos, receipts, pattern numbers, fabric swatches, and clothing project membership. If you have any questions, contact a Fashion Revue committee member.

County Only Categories

County Only Categories do not qualify for State Fashion Revue competition.

County Challenge:Pot Holder – Create a usable pot holder out of flexible material that can handle hot objects. This can be woven, sewn, felted, crocheted, knitted, etc.

Textile – Make a non-wearable item which is not quilted. 
Entry examples: laptop carrier, shopping bag, doll or stuffed animal, garment bag, non-quilted blanket, pillow case, animal blanket, home décor, placemat, etc.

Needle Arts – Construct an item using crocheting, knitting, embroidering, cross-stitching, etc.
Entry examples: hat, scarf, gloves, sweater, socks, etc.

Embellished – Creatively decorate an existing wearable garment using any variety of embellishing methods including: adding material, painting, dying, sewing, embroidering, trimming, gluing, cutting, appliquéing, etc.

Quilted – Create a quilted item with a minimum size of 12 inches by 12 inches. The item can be wearable or non-wearable. Any quilting style will be accepted. Quilted entries must have finished edges and backing. 
Entry examples:  wall hanging, doll blanket, baby blanket, bed quilt, vest, etc.

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, head band, etc.

County and State Categories

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

Traditional - features garments the participant has constructed, showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing and Textiles project, and worn by the member (not constructed for someone else). The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit. (No change from 2015)

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. There is no 4-H project requirement, which means that any 4-H member may enter this category. (No change from 2015)

Western Wear Challenge – construct a western-style shirt/blouse with short or long sleeves. Use of any pattern and any fabric is allowed. Include handmade or purchased garments and items to complete the outfit. The entry must be sewn by the 4-H member as part of the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project.  (New for 2016)

Upcycled – take one or more existing garments and turn them into a new, different, and wearable garment. Add an accessory handmade made by the participant. Additional fabrics, trim and supplies may be used during the construction process. The upcycled garment must be sewn by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. Additional upcycled and/or sewn garments are encouraged to complete the outfit. A “before” photograph showing the original garment(s) is required. This is not an alteration such as a large dress taken in to fit a smaller person that still retains the same lines. It is where the garment has been cut apart and remade into a new garment that looks different.  The emphasis is on the transition of the garment. (Requirements changed from 2015)

Muslin Challenge – Create a wearable garment using at least 2 yards but not more than 3 yards of bleached or unbleached cotton muslin, 36-45” wide. Use of other fabric besides the muslin that shows is allowed, not to exceed 1 yard. The use of other fabric that does not show, like lining or interfacing, is also allowed. Members are encouraged to decorate and embellish the muslin garment using dye, paint, embroidery, “bling,” appliqué, trims, findings, etc. to enhance the garment. Include handmade or purchased garments and items to complete the outfit. The muslin garment must be created by the member as part of the member's 4-H project work but the Clothing & Textiles (Sewing) project is not required. Some ideas are: the member learns to dye fabric in the 4-H Crafts project, then makes a skirt or shorts out of dyed muslin; or the member is in an embroidery project and sews a top, then embroiders it as part of the project; or the member is in a quilting project and does a pieced border on a muslin vest as part of the quilt project. This category is not restricted to sewing project members, but the entry does need to reflect work undertaken in a 4-H project. (New for 2016)

Fashion Revue logo

New Contest

The Knowledge & Judging Contest will be taken on the day of County Fashion Revue just before lunch. No pre-registration necessary. There will be prizes for all participants.

Study Guide for Knowledge part of the contest

Guide for Judging

Sample Test Questions

County Winners in the 2016 State Categories are eligible to compete at the State Fashion Revue on Saturday, May 28, 2016. 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.

Judging for the Sonoma County 4-H fashion Revue will be based on the information in the California State 4-H Fashion Revue Guide for Judges which includes scorecards and sample questions to ask members. This is available at the State Fashion Revue website.

2016 State Fashion Revue Service Projects

State Fashion Revue is sponsoring two service projects for 2016:

  • Reusable Bags - reusable tote or grocery bag which may be made from feed bags, leftover sturdy fabric, canvas, burlap, or even old T-shirts.  
  • Port Pillows - for cancer patients who have a portacath for chemo infusions.

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

If you have any questions about the 4-H Fashion Revue, please email the committee: 
Naomi: weloveusa@comcast.net (event chair) 
Heidi:   hmlavell@gmail.com
Diana:  hamptond@mac.com