Madison County’s very own young fashionistas walked down the runway showing off handmade clothes Wednesday night at the Madison County Fair’s Fashion Show.
Fourteen young women participated, showing off clothing they had made themselves.
But the biggest winner was Brooke Hermiller, 14, of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club. This high school freshman won six awards including first place in the Intermediate Division, state 4-H fashion board nominee and a trophy for 2017 Overall Outstanding Clothing and Textile project. The Jonathan Alder High Schooler’s entry was a romper and a tie wrapped skirt, made out of 100 percent rayon with an abstract pattern of blue and black.
She showed it off for the Clothing for High School and College class, which required contestants to follow their school’s dress code to design an outfit.
She said she’s been sewing for seven years and competing for six and said there’s no chance she’ll be stopping with all of the awards.
“It’s a lot, and I wasn’t expecting this all to come to me so fast,” she said.
From her first project until now, she feels her skills, with her sewing finesse most of all, has improved.
“Keeping a pattern straight and finding those difficult curves has become much easier,” she said.
While currently more of a hobby for her, she hopes to stay in fashion at least as a side job or pet project, maybe trying Etsy or other craft selling services when she’s an adult.
Junior Fair Queen Emily Davis and Junior Fair Princess Lilly Marriott hosted the show and introduced the other contestants one by one.
First was the Fun with Clothes class, where the young 4-H members created a T-shirt design and assembled an outfit to go with it. Two Monroe Elementary Schhol fourth-grade students, sisters Addyson and Makayla Crispin, 9, of the Crazy 4 Clovers 4-H Club showed off summer-style outfits featuring a heart design.
“[Addyson] was so excited about sewing that she also made her own matching skirt, which is lined with an elastic waist,” said Davis.
The two received Outstanding and Outstanding in State Fair awards for Addyson and Makayla respectively.
Following that class was “Sew Fun” which was a project where the 4-H member makes pants, shorts or a skirt and assembles an outfit with them.
Ashley Ogg, 10, of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club made a skirt. The fifth grade Canaan Middle School student received an Outstanding in State Fair award for the outfit.
London Elementary School student, Erica Thompson, 9, of the Canaan Pathfinders 4-H Club made a black and pink camo a-line skirt, which won her first place in the Junior Division and an Outstanding for the class.
Next was the “Tops for Tweens” a class where the 4-H member also makes a top to match with an outfit, but is geared towards middle schoolers.
Chloe Pratt, 12, of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club created a long sleeve top made of cotton with an asymmetrical hemline which won the sixth grader an Outstanding in State Fair.
“The pattern had to be altered because the sleeves went down to her wrists,” said Davis. “She altered the pattern so the sleeves went just below her elbow and took it in a bit to make it more fitted.”
Also in the class was Aleithia Wilson, 10, of the Town and County Kids 4-H Club, who created a top made of two contrasting fabrics. The fifth grader from Norwood Elementary School received an honorable mention.
Next were a class of sun dresses and jumpers, which the contestants had to accessorize themselves.
A reversible sun dress made out of bright green polyester fabric was shown by Kaleigh Duncan, 9, of Country Bunch 4-H Club.
“Her total cost was $24.07,” said Davis. “But it could have easily cost $60 or more if she bought it.”
The project won her an Outstanding in State Fair award.
She was followed by another sun dress with a pink and green bicycle pattern made by Canaan Intermediate sixth grader Victoria Sanguino, 11, of Clover Clippers 4-H Club. The self-described “fun” patterned dress earned her an Outstanding.
The following category was Clothing for Middle School, which required the contestant to create an interesting outfit while strictly following the dress code for their middle School.
Olivia Vance, 12, of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club, entered a knit shirt and maxi skirt with a teal and white color scheme. The home-schooler won an outstanding and was the Ohio 4-H Fashion Review nominee.
Next was active sportswear, which the sole contestant, Victoria Cavallaro, 14, of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club entered a pink swimsuit with cover-up with big pockets, which was reversible. The ninth-grade London High Schooler won first place in the Intermediate division with Hermiller in a tie and an Outstanding in State Fair.
Micaela McPherson, 18, of Double L II 4-H Club entered a polyester kimono and nylon-rayon capris for the “Clothing for Your Career” class, which won the Columbus State Community College student an Outstanding in State Fair and Laura Doris Nominee Junior.
Caitlin Cavallaro, 18, Clover Clippers 4-H Club, showed off a handmade ivory winter coat in the Outerwear for Anywhere class, winning the Clark State Community College student first place in the Senior Division and an Outstanding in State Fair award and Master Clothing Educator Senior.
Finally, Sara Studebaker, 11, of the Prairie Raiders 4-H Club and a sixth-grader at London Middle School showed off her State Fair selection award winning pink, grey and black quilt.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.