4-H clothing members showcase their handsewn garments

Eleven Buffalo County youth showcased their sewing talent at the 2021 Buffalo County 4-H Clothing Revue, Blue Jeans & Country Dreams. The event was held on June 28, 2021 at the Roger Marten Community Center in Mondovi. Youth ranging from second graders to freshmen in college partook in this year’s event. Exhibitors were judged on the criteria of fit, style, pattern, and fabric selection for the youth; whereas at the fair they will be judged on the physical construction of the garment. The 4-H Clothing Project teaches youth how to purchase material and a pattern, create the garment by sewing and following a pattern, and finding accessories to match the garment that was created. After the judging of 25 entries was completed, a style show was put on for all exhibitors to model one of their outfits. The judge of the evening was Marie Swartz. Division of Extension Buffalo County’s Fair Administrative Support, Rachel Hovey, coordinated this year’s event. The Clothing Revue Project members would like to give a special thank you to the Marten Center for holding the event, Judge Marie Swartz for giving the youth constructive feedback, Laurie Bauer for recording results and feedback,  Fay Passow for leading check-in, and the volunteers that help the young members sew their own garments. Results are as follows:


Simple Sewn garment or accessory: Abby Ruff -1st

Junior Division Grades 3-6

Blouse, top, or shirt: Patience Larson -1st and merit, Hazel Wik -2nd

Dress or jumper: Hope Larson -1st and merit, Patience Larson -1st, merit, and Champion Trophy

Garment constructed for a child: Nessa Noll -1st, merit, and Reserve Champion

Loungewear or sleepwear: Hazel Wik -1st

Pants: Nessa Noll-1st

Skirt: Hazel Wik -1st

Unlined jacket or coat: Nessa Noll -1st

Intermediate Division Grades 7-9

Blouse, top, or shirt: Madalyn Wick -1st

Dress or jumper: Alison George -1st and merit, Finley Noll -1st and merit

Garment constructed for a child: Madalyn Wick -1st, merit, and Reserve Champion

Pants: Finley Noll -1st and merit

Unlined jacket or coat: Finley Noll -1st, merit, and Champion Trophy

Senior Division Grades 10 and Over

Blouse, top, or shirt: Amber Kleinschmidt -2nd, Chloe Kleinschmidt -1st

Costume: Amber Kleinschmidt -1st and merit

Dress or jumper: Amber Kleinschmidt -1st, Chloe Kleinschmidt: 1st and merit

Garment constructed for a child: Hannah Noll -1st

Lined jacket or coat: Hannah Noll -1st, merit, and Reserve Champion

Pants: Chloe Kleinschmidt -1st

Unlined jacket or coat: Hannah Noll -1st, merit, and Champion Trophy


Cloverbud, Abby Ruff, shows off her dress with matching accessories to the judge.

Cheerful Workers 4-H member, Hope Larson answers questions about her merit winning dress.

Judge, Marie Swartz, admires the quality of work of Champion Trophy winning, Patience Larson’s dress.

Nessa Noll tells the judge about the challenging parts of her pants.

Hazel Wik, a Clover 4-H member, earned a blue ribbon on her skirt.

Marie Swartz checks the quality of Nessa Noll’s unlined sweatshirt.

Hazel Wik also made a comfy robe in the loungewear or sleepwear category.

Alison George made a summer dress for parties and special occasions. Alison earned a blue ribbon and merit.

Finley Noll, a Clover 4-H member, answers questions about her design.

Madalyn Wick, a Clover 4-H member shows the judge the unique part of her blouse.

The judge admires the quality of work done in Finley Noll’s Champion Trophy unlined jacket.

Madalyn Wick sewed a dress for her sister, Molly, which earned Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Division.

Marie Swartz inspects the pockets of Finley Noll’s avocado green pants.

14 youth participated in the style show to conclude the evening’s competition.

Amber Kleinschmidt, a seasoned clothing exhibitor, smiles at the judge after receiving praise for her blue ribbon dress.

Chloe Kleinschmidt, a Bear Creek 4-H member, shows off her alteration to the pattern with her open shoulder dress.

Hannah Noll explains the difficulty this unlined project brought including the alterations she made to create the jacket she can wear with many outfits.

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