AMES, Iowa – Two racks of prom dresses and a pile of blue jeans were the stuff fashion dreams were made of during the 4-H “Stitch This!” challenge at the Iowa State Fair.
More than 400 fair-goers watched the final runway show Aug. 21, as 12 teams of fashion-forward Iowa teens modeled the one-of-a-kind garments they created by deconstructing and reconstructing formal wear and denim.
“Teams from across the state spent 16 hours creating their new garments,” explained Shelly Greving, marketing director for the Iowa 4-H program. “The teams were judged on their creativity, teamwork, workmanship and runway presentation, and also were interviewed one-on-one by the judges.”
The top prize, the Golden Needle Award, went to Fashionably Green — Kaitlyn Huisman, Jade Moret, Autumn Pottebaum and Jessi Stander from Sioux County. Each team member received a $500 scholarship to the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences in a fashion-related major. Each member also received a $50 gift certificate to Stacey’s Prom, Des Moines, and the team will get to design a prom dress for the store.
Fashionably Green received the People’s Choice Award as well, receiving more than 200 text message votes. Each member received a $25 gift certificate to Stacey’s Prom, a Dillards gift basket and a Buckle gift card.
The Ruffle Socks received the second place Silver Spool Award. The Woodbury County team included Caitlin Beck, Kaitlyn Brady, Michaela Ramm and Dana Sly. Each team member received a $25 gift certificate to Stacey’s Prom, a package from the Iowa State Department of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production and a gift certificate to Blonde Genius.
The Grateful Thread received the Artistry Award for showing the most creativity with their design, approach or construction techniques. Members Allison Lansman, Teah Katendieck, Meghan Metier and Olivia Jondle are from Webster County. Each member received a $25 gift certificate to Stacey’s Prom and a $10 gift certificate to Raygun.
The Synergy Award for most effective teamwork and communication went to Super Sewers — Danielle Border, Travis Ness, Sarah Rethwish and Jordan Hullinger from Webster and Decatur counties. Each member received a $25 gift certificate to Stacey’s Prom.
The teams’ creations were judged by Angie Baumgartner, a senior designer at Target in Minneapolis; Natalie Sanger Gendle, head adviser and producer for the Iowa State University Fashion Show and a lecturer in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Production and Design; and Gayle Moline, owner of Gayle’s for the Bride in Manson, Iowa, a member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals, and a dressmaker for Stacey’s Prom.
The Salon Professional Academy students from Ames provided hair and makeup styling for the runway show. Stacey’s Prom provided some of the prom dresses and VF Outlet stores in Williamsburg and Story City provided the blue jeans through their jeans trade-in drive. Other prom dresses were donated by various individuals. Additional financial support was provided by Niebuhr Farm and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
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 with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. 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.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775,
High Resolution Photos and Captions
Fashionably Green After
Fashionably Green, from Sioux County, received the Golden Needle and People’s Choice awards during the Iowa 4-H Stitch This! Challenge at the Iowa State Fair. From left are Autumn Pottebaum, Jessi Stander, Jade Moret and Kaitlyn Huisman.
Ruffle Socks After
The Ruffle Socks, from Woodbury County, received the Silver Spool Award during the Iowa 4-H Stitch This! Challenge at the Iowa State Fair. From left are Caitlin Beck, Dana Sly, Michaela Ramm, and Kaitlyn Brady.
Grateful Thread After
The Grateful Thread, from Webster County, received the Artistry Award during the Iowa 4-H Stitch This! Challenge at the Iowa State Fair. From left are Meghan Metier, Olivia Jondle, Teah Katendieck, and Allison Lansman.
Super Sewers After
Super Sewers, from Webster and Decatur counties, received the Synergy Award during the Iowa 4-H Stitch This! Challenge at the Iowa State Fair. From left are Sarah Rethwish, Travis Ness, Jordan Hullinger and Danielle Border.