AMES, Iowa – With the opportunity to tear apart wedding dresses and design new garments, Iowa teens are ready to Stitch This! Thirteen teams have been selected to compete in the Iowa 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design event at the Iowa State Fair.
The public can watch the action take place in the 4-H Exhibits Building from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, said Shelly Greving, marketing coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The event will culminate in a runway-style fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 on the 4-H Exhibits Building’s center stage.
“We originally planned for nine teams because we had nine wedding dresses,” Greving said. “We were overwhelmed by the interest from teens who really wanted to participate, so we put out a call for more wedding dresses. Thanks to the additional donated gowns, we were able to expand to 13 teams.”
During the two-day event, each team will be given a wedding dress. Each team must use the dress to create a new garment that will be worn and modeled by a team member during the runway show. The new garment must be noticeably different from the current design and at least 75 percent of the fabric contained in the final garment must be from the original dress. Each team will be paired with an Iowa State University student who will provide direction and overall expertise on patternmaking and construction.
It’s a high stakes competition, Greving said. The grand prize winning team will be featured on Michele Beschen’s “B. Organic” TV show. Each member of the winning team majoring in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University will receive a $500 scholarship. In addition, each team member will receive two tickets to the ISU Fashion Show, and the team’s garment will be on display at the State 4-H Office on the ISU campus.
Second place, creativity and teamwork awards also will be presented.
Event sponsors are Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development, ISU College of Human Sciences, Michele Beschen and Estilo Salon, which is providing hair and make-up stylists for all the models in the runway show.
Iowa high-school youth who completed grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 were eligible to apply. At least one youth on each team must be a 4-H member. The following teams will compete in Stitch This! at the Iowa State Fair.
Pretty in Park: Debbie Bierschenk, Kathy Manternanch, Hanna Mosley and Mandey Lund, Benton County
Get Bedazzled: Kristina Walz, Erin Ott, MaryAnn Gibney and Miranda Walz, Clayton County
The Fab Four: Megan Kuperschmid and Natalie De Berg of Des Moines County and Rebecca Haugland, and MacKenzie Dreeszen, Johnson County
KBDY Couturiers: Dacey Nguyen, Ya Lee, Brenda Baccam and Kierra Taylor, Polk County
Scarlet Design Team: Vania Boland, Carly Weizoreck, Tiffany Robbins and Chelsea Mongar, Polk County
Sew What?: Caine Westergard, Plymouth County; Sterling Schnepf, O’Brien County; Andrea Bernard, Woodbury County; and Jenna Tilstra, Lyon County.
The Fierce Fource: Angela Barr, Leanna Doyle, Kelsey Roebuck and Emily Roebuck, Scott County
Fabric Four: Amanda Petersen, Michelle Lee, Becca Stein and Megan Kaufman, Shelby County
Fashionably Green: Jade Moret, Kaitlyn Huisman and Amanda Woudstra, Sioux County
The Trend-Setters: Becca Olsen, Makayla Klonglan, Bailey Collins and Gabbie Lassen, Story County
DKTM (Dominate Kickin’ Team Manifesto): Kallen Anderson, Danielle Border, Meghan Metier and Travis Ness, Webster County
Super Stitchers: Dana Sly, Kaitlyn Brady, Kelsey Orr and Michael Ramm, Woodbury County
Individuals: Lana Miller, Iowa County; Michelle Buboltz, Cass County; and Tirzah Beam, West Pottawattamie County, applied individually but will compete as a team.
Video applications from some of the teams can be viewed on the Iowa 4-H YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/iowa4h.
ABOUT THE IOWA 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -- 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One quarter of Iowa’s young people are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.