Clothing and Textiles Project

What is the clothing and textiles project?

The clothing and textiles project allows youth the opportunity to make a style of their own, be creative in sewing and designing, use basic sewing skills, develop good consumer skills when making and purchasing clothes, and serve the community by using skills learned in this project. It also focuses on helping young people gain a positive self-concept and be able to confidently put themselves out into the world. A complete project description can be found here.

 

Educational Opportunities:

 

Duds To Dazzle

Youth in the 4-H Clothing & Textile Project learn about fibers and fabrics, wardrobe selection, clothing construction, comparison shopping, fashion interpretation, understanding of style and design, proper grooming, poise in front of others, and personal presentation skills. The Texas 4-H Duds to Dazzle Clothing & Textiles Competition goes one step beyond, utilizing the knowledge and skills learned in the project, while increasing awareness of the impact of the clothing & textile industry on the environment, specifically the waste stream. In the competition, teams of 4-H members will re-design and repurpose discarded garments.


Fashion Show

The 4-H Fashion Show is designed to recognize 4-H members who have completed a Clothing and Textiles project. The following objectives are taught in the Clothing and Textiles project: knowledge of fibers and fabrics, wardrobe selection, clothing construction, comparison shopping, fashion interpretation, understanding of style,good grooming, poise in front of others and personal presentation skills.


Natural Fiber Contest (Seniors Only)

The 4-H Fashion Show is designed to recognize 4-H members who have completed a Clothing and Textiles project. The following objectives are taught in the Clothing and Textiles project: knowledge of fibers and fabrics,wardrobe selection, clothing construction, comparison shopping, fashion interpretation, understanding of style, good grooming, poise in front of others and personal presentation skills. 4-H members participating in the Natural Fiber Contest are encouraged to study, promote and use cotton, wool, and mohair—natural fibers produced in Texas.


Fashion Storyboard Contest

The 4-H Fashion Storyboard is an industry-inspired method of displaying original designs. The best storyboards create vivid visual images that are interesting and appealing to viewers. The storyboard “tells the story” of the designer’s idea. The storyboard includes original illustrations and flats, as well as additional materials (such as photos from the Internet or magazines, paper, fabric swatches, patterns, etc.) that have influenced the unique design.


 Quilt Challenge Contest and Community Service Project

The Quilt Challenge will provide youth with the opportunity to utilize their sewing skills gained in the 4-H Clothing and Textiles project to complete a quilt that will be judged and then donated.

 

Leadership Opportunities:

 

Clothing and Textiles Advisory Board

The Texas 4-H Clothing and Textiles Advisory Board offers 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and county Extension agents an opportunity to help determine and expand the 4-H clothing program by recommending and implementing special activities and new project ideas. The Texas 4-H Clothing and Textiles Advisory Board provides the leadership and coordination of the Texas 4-H Roundup Clothing contests.

  • 4-H Clothing and Textiles Advisory Board – PDF
  • Teen Advisory Board December Application – PDF
  • Teen Advisory Board June Application – PDF
  • Adult Advisory Board December Application – PDF
  • Adult Advisory Board June Application – PDF

Website Resources:

  • 4-H FCS 101 – link
  • 4-H FCS Project Toolbox – link
  • Family and Consumer Sciences – Clothing and Textiles – link
  • Texas 4-H Clothing and Textiles Project – link

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