MAKING A DIFFERENCE NEWSLETTER - Issue 2, Volume 18 (May-2018) Issue 2, Volume 18 (May 2018) - Page 10

The 4-H Family and Consumer Science (FCS) projects support the development of valuable life skills that enhance employability and prepare participants to deal with many critical “real life” issues. The Fashion Show contestants demonstrated poise and confidence. Additionally, the 4-Hers were interviewed by the judges as a way to demonstrate their knowledge of clothing construction techniques, fiber, and fabric.

Each contestant responds to questions about consumer decision making and demonstrates both written and verbal communication skills. The Duds To Dazzle contest requires youth to compete as a cohesive team to re-fashion something used into a “new” item of clothing, home décor or accessory. Teams of 3-5 youth have one hour to complete tasks to create the item and prepare a presentation for judges that include description of the item, sewing technique use, safety concerns, knowledge of fabric and demonstrate knowledge of entrepreneurial considerations to market the new product.

Contestants in the Fashion Storyboard Contest have an opportunity to present fashion design concepts using sketches, inspiration pieces and samples to interpret a creative vision, similar to what would be used in the fashion industry to promote a design concept in a variety of categories.

County Extension agents, Sheryl Nolen, 4-H and Elizabeth Trejo, FCH conducted the Harris County 4-H Project Runway Fashion Review Contests to qualify 32-youth for District 9 Round-up Contests including: 8- Fashion Show entries, 2 -Storyboards, and 5 -Duds To Dazzle Teams. Tent volunteers, from collaborating community partners, provided support serving as judges. The volunteers included representatives from West Houston Quilters Guild, American Sewing Guild and Houston Quilters Guild. Eight 4-H Adult Leaders were mobilized to support preparations for contests donating 52 hours in educational support.

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Project Runway Fashion Review was held at Trini Mendenhall Community to support opportunities for youth to compete in a variety of individual and team events to qualify for the District contest call “Big Time In D-9”. The 4-H Family and Consumer Science (FCS) projects support the development of valuable life skills learning that enhance employability and prepare participants to deal with many critical “real life” issues. The Fashion Show contestants demonstrate poise and confidences as they model their Clothing Construction and Clothing Buying projects before a panel of judges and complete interviews to demonstrate knowledge of clothing construction techniques, fiber and fabric.

Tent volunteers from collaborating community partners provided support serving as judges including representatives from West Houston Quilters Guild, American Sewing Guild and Houston Quilters Guild. Eight 4-H Adult Leaders were mobilized to support preparations for contests donating 52 hours in educational support.

Project Runway Fashion Review, held at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, provided opportunities for youth to compete in a variety of individual and team events which qualified for the District contest “Big Time In D-9”.