Fashion Revue

Fashion Revue 4-H 17 blogThe 2020 4-H Fashion Revue invites members that enjoy designing and making their own sewn, crocheted or knitted projects to showcase them in this year’s event. Our theme is Surge into 2020, and we are encouraging all participants to get their creative juices flowing with great materials, yarns, and patterns, resulting in some great projects.

Fashion Revue is open to all ages, with categories for Cloverbuds (ages 5-8 years), beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewers, knitters, crocheters & upcyclers. Items crafted can include garments, accessories, stuffed animals, livestock blankets or any other item your creative mind can imagine and your talented hands can produce.

You must fill out an Intent to Participate form (Google Form) by Friday, January 24. You will need to have your completed project dropped off at the UMaine Extension Cumberland Office by 4:00PM on Thursday along with the necessary forms, or make other arrangements with Jenn Grant. Deadline with date and time of project drop off are non-negotiable.

Questions? Call Jenn Grant, 207.318.9166 or

Judging for Fashion Revue will take place on Saturday, February 22 at The Little Falls Activity Center (40 Acorn Street, Gorham). Your creation will first be judged off-person, then you will either wear or bring your entry before the judges starting at 1:00 PM. A Fashion Show will take place at 2:30 PMfollowing the judging. The snow date for judging is February 29, 2020.

4-H Fashion Revue 2020 Information Sheet

The following are REQUIRED dates to complete Fashion Revue:

  • January 24: Intent to Participate completed
  • February 20: Projects due no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Projects can be dropped off at the UMaine Extension Cumberland Office in Falmouth or Contact Jenn Grant to make other arrangements.
  • February 22 (Snow date: February 29): On the Person Judging and Fashion Show at Little Falls Activity Center. Please arrive at 12:30 PM.

If a participant does not meet all three of the required deadlines they will not receive a ribbon or project completion certificate for their work.

Project Drop-Off Deadline: February 20

Articles must be left at the 4-H Office for pick up by the committee no later than 4:00 PM. Contact Jenn Grant, 207.318.9166 or if alternative arrangements are needed.  Deadline with date and time of article drop off are non-negotiable.

Please pin the following to your entry:

  • Pattern envelope and instructions, or photocopies, if a commercial pattern is used
  • Commentary
  • Cost Sheet
  • If participating in Refashioned Category please also provide a photo of the original garment.

“On the Person” Judging and Fashion Show: Saturday, February 22

“On the Person” judging will be ongoing as we practice our modeling skills. Non-wearable items will be held or displayed by the participant. Please wear all of your fashion accessories, hairdo, best smile, etc. A changing area and mirror will be provided. This is when it “counts” for the ribbons! Please bring quiet games or books to occupy yourself while the other participants are judged. The snow date for the judging and show is February 29. For cancellation information please call the UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 207.781.6099, after 10:00 AM on February 22. Please arrive by 12:30 PM. “On the Person” judging will take place from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Fashion Show will begin at 2:30 PM.

Commentary: Please fill out a commentary sheet, using the samples as a guide. Be sure to include all of the requested information. This will be read to the audience as you model your garment/article. The emcee will read your commentary as written! Pin the completed commentary to your entry.

Cost Sheet, Pattern Envelope and Directions (or photocopies)   Pin these to your entry. DO NOT put your name on these.  You may put your Club name on this.  Make sure to place a value (purchased price or estimated cost) on all items used in your project. If participating in the refashioned category please also provide a photo of original garment as well.

Modeling:  Practice frequently at club meetings and at home. This will make it easier for you during judging. We will also practice during your “On-the-Person” judging session.

Fashion Revue Tips for Modeling & Presenting to the Judges (and your audience)

  • Poise and posture – Model your garment to show it to the best advantage. Your job is to show off the item you made so judges and the audience can see how it fits and may be used, as well as your own personal style. Make sure the item you made is looking its best – an iron will be available the day of judging if needed.
  • Hygiene – you should be well groomed and neat in appearance.
  • Props – consider bringing items to dress up your presentation. These can be accessories that complement your outfit, or keep you hands busy (ex. Did you make an apron, maybe carry a rolling pin or hot mitt or did you make a dress, make sure your hair is tidy and your shoes match your dress).
  • Presentation – your physical presentation is important, but so is your communication and knowledge of your garment. Be confident when answering judges questions – look them in the eye and smile.