4-Hers put sewing and textile skills to the test in annual clothing revue

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: These five participants were selected to move on to the District level Clothing/Fashion Revue, from left: Emma Mathes, Allison Mathes, Lillian Mathes, Naomi Mathes (wearing her pink and red sundress) and Peggy Jo Gabalski, who hand felted a floral design on a purchased tote bag.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 30 April 2017 at 8:36 am

KNOWLESVILLE – Orleans County 4-Hers showed off their sewing, textile and fiber art skills Saturday during the 2017 Orleans County 4-H Clothing Revue.

Participants gathered in the Education Building on the fairgrounds Saturday morning to have their projects evaluated, practice walking the runway, and to have their hair done by students from Orleans/Niagara BOCES. Saturday evening featured the revue with 23 participants modeling their projects for family and friends.

Shania Ireland and Adele Mathes – both members of the Adventurers 4-H Club (and Cloverbuds) sewed twirly skirts for the Revue. The girls are both students at Albion Central Schools. Adele said she was very excited to finally be able to take part in her first Clothing Revue.

Allison Mathes, Emma Mathes and Lillian Mathes – all members of the Adventurers 4-H Club based in Barre – are well experienced participants in the Clothing Revue. Allison sewed her own “little black dress” for special occasions. Emma, who modeled two outfits, sewed a coral blouse, a skirt and slacks, and Lillian sewed a versatile swing top with fringe at the hem. All three girls were selected to move on to District Clothing/Fashion Revue.

The Saturday evening Revue event was held in the Education Center on the fairgrounds this year. First time participant, Mia Slick of the Abundant Harvest 4-H Club based in Shelby, models her apron, which she said she will enjoy wearing when she bakes.

Makenzie McGrath of the Abundant Harvest 4-H Club, models the sundress she sewed.  The dress features a butterfly print in pastel spring shades. Makenzie says she loves butterflies and enjoys incorporating them as a design element in her sewing creations.

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