Invitation to a High School Sewing/Design Contest & Fashion Show

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Winning Garment for 2013

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

A special event is coming up and I wanted to invite you and the whole Community to attend.  I was asked to be one of three judges for a High School Sewing/Design Contest & Fashion Show.  How can I decline when Community, Youth, and Fashion are involved?  Well, come show your community support on Thursday March 27, 2014 because I would love to meet some of you in person.

Here are the details about the Sewing/Design Contest & Fashion Show sponsored by Sew Much Fabric.

Which High Schools are involved and who is able to enter the Sewing Contest? Elsik, Hastings, and Taylor – schools zoned to Alief ISD.  To be elgible, the Student Designers must be enrolled in the Fashion Design classes at the Alief ISD schools.  They received the sewing challenge back in September 2013.

What is the challenge and how will the Garments be judged?  The theme is “Dressed to Talk: Designing for the First Lady.”  The Students will design an appropriate garment for Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) to wear while giving a speech.  The Students will be judged on the following:

(1) Portfolio  (2) Interview  (3) Neatness of Construction  (4) Overall Fit

What are the Prizes?

1st Place : $250.00 cash from Sew Much Fabric & a Sewing Machine from Sugar Land’s McDougal Sewing Center

2nd Place: Gutermann Thread Tower & a Basket of Sewing Supplies

3rd Place: Threads Magazine Publications

What other school organizations are involved? Culinary Arts are providing dessert tasting before the show.  Orchestra memebers will provide music during the dessert tasting.  And during the show, there will be performances by the GOE Step Team, Small Choir Groups, ROTC, and Reveliers.

When? The event is Thursday March 27, 2014.  The dessert tasting will start at 6:20pm and the Competition /Fashion Show starts at 7:00pm.

Where? Elsik High School 12601 High Star Road, Houston, TX 77072

How Much? Sewing Contest/Fashion Show Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the Door.  To purchase tickets in advance, contact Elsik High School 281.988.3150


Of course I like to know the story (purpose) behind the event so I interviewed the owner of Sew Much Fabric, Rosalind Gaither, about this wonderful community event she’s created.

Rosalind: I met Abby Rey, the Fashion Design teacher at Elsik High School, after she joined our local group the Sewing Fashionistas.  When I found out Abby taught the fashion design class, I immediately wanted to know if the classes were full and how the students enjoyed sewing.  I thought a sewing contest would give the students an opportunity to show off their sewing and designing skills.  It is also a way for Sew Much Fabric to give back and support the students that want to have a career in the fashion industry.  

zipper dress

Winning Garment for 2012

The first sewing challenge started in 2012.  The challenge for that year was designing a garment using zippers in a non-traditional manner.  For 2013, the students had to design a garment for their personal fashion icon (ie. Grandmother, Aunt, Neighbor, etc)

2013 judges and winners

Winners and Judges for the 2013 Sewing Contest

Thank you Sew Much Fabric  for allowing me to be part of an exciting event.  You have allowed opportunities for the Youth to grow, learn, have fun, and explore an exciting world of Fashion.  I am so honored to be a part of it:)

About Sew Much Fabric: is an online fashion fabric website providing a range of designer goods for the discerning fabric shopper.  Whether it is your wedding, a business meeting or lounging around the house, there are fabrics to suit any occasion.

I will send a reminder of the event in March.  Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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