Cumberland County 4-H’ers Have a Long Stylish History

By Sara Conant, 4-H Community Education Assistant & Administrative Specialist

1940's Sunday Telegram article about 4-H Dress Style Show; the headline reads: West Baldwin Girl Wins Top Senior Dressmaking Honors at 4-H Show and includes a photo of Agnes Woodward (winner of the senior division) and Maureen Burnham (winner of the junior class)
1940’s Sunday Telegram article about 4-H Dress Style Show

Fashion Revue (formerly know as dress revue, or style show) is an annual event in Cumberland County where local 4-H members ages 5 – 18 can show off their knitting, crocheting, or sewing skills. Here in the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office we found a newspaper clipping from the 1940s highlighting what was the then dress style show. This year at Fashion Revue 13 4-H members showed off their skills to a panel of judges and modeled for their friends and family at The Root Cellar in Portland on Saturday February 18.

At Fashion Revue there is a non-competitive category for Cloverbuds (5-8 years old) and Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced competitive categories for older 4-H members. Participants make items with varying degrees of difficulty pertaining to their skill level, and submit them for off the person judging by a panel of three judges. Participants then either wear or hold their item in front of the judges and answer questions about their project. Fashion Revue culminates in a Fashion Show in the afternoon for friends and family.

This year three Cloverbud members entered items including a football-themed pillow case, an artist’s apron with pockets for paint brushes, and a full length skirt. There were seven Beginners with 1-2 years of project experience. Beginners made a knitted washcloth, a skirt with matching bow, a poncho, a matching scarf set for a doll and 4-H member, show shirts with collars and buttons, and a doll with an outfit. Kaitlyn of the Sebago Nor’Easters general club earned a Rosette in the beginner category for her doll made entirely of recycled fabrics.

Participants in the Intermediate category with 3-4 years of experience made a beach towel bag and pajama pants. Olivia of the Warm Up Maine 4-H crocheting and knitting club, earned a Rosette in this category for her beach towel bag she made using a knifty knitter loom along with seashell accents and a crocheted strap. The Advanced category for members with 5+ years of experience had one participant: Lauren from the Young Farmer’s Beef Club. Lauren earned a Rosette for her strapless semi-formal mid-length dress with zippered back and matching clutch.

If you would like more information about how you or your child can get involved with Fashion Revue, or any 4-H project in Cumberland County, please email or call Sara at 207.781.6099.