What an exciting year I had getting ready for the Spring 2014 Sewing Contest and Fashion Show with Alief ISD! In 2012, Sew Much Fabric created a community service program, in conjunction with Elsik High School, to provide an avenue for students in the Fashion program to have an outlet to create their own designs and present their work in a developed competition. Each year contestants are required to create a garment for a model to wear and develop a portfolio explaining why they made their design choices. This is the 3rd year I have had the privilege to produce and sponsor the contest and show. The theme of this year’s contest was Dressing The First Lady of the United States--Michelle Obama.
The show has grown so much since 2012! This year, two event planners were on board to help create a beautiful setting for the show. We also had a guest celebrity, new prize sponsors and more student participation than ever before. All of the following pictures were taken by professional photographer, Jessica Paul of Over the River Photography.
The evening started with scrumptious desserts made by the award winning students of the Culinary Arts department of Elsik High School. While our guest enjoyed the desserts, they were serenaded by the school’s orchestra.
The show opened with Elsik’s Fashion Design Instructor, Abby Rey. She wore a dress she designed by modifying McCalls 6319. She used the Silver Metallic Stretch Lace Knit and Grey Chiffon from Sew Much Fabric. As you can tell, Abby was expecting and 1 week later her beautiful baby girl, Tabitha, was born! Whew, that was close!!
Elisk’s High School Principle, Hilda Rodriquez, welcomed our guests.
Our celebrity guest was former Houston Rocket basketball star and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Calvin Murphy. He is currently the co-host for the Houston Rockets pregame and post game shows. I want to thank Mr. Murphy for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to attend the show.
(Partners in Education Specialist-Dee Jones, Calvin Murphy and School Principle-Hilda Rodriquez)
We had an awesome panel of judges this year. They are experts in the field of fashion and design and did an outstanding job of judging the contest. Seated at the tables from left to right are Fashion Designer and Mac Make-up Artist Rahill Raheem, Michelle Barnes, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Community Artists’ Collective (CAC) and Ann Ngo, Creative Director of Youtique Bridal & Formal. Thank you judges for a job well done!
(Rahill Raheem, Ann Ngo, Michelle Barnes, last year's judge Eileen Johnson and me)
The MC’s of the show, Mia Jones and Finest Smith, did an excellent job keeping the crowd informed and entertained.
And speaking of entertainment, the Gentleman of Elsik (GOE) Step Team and the ROTC department preformed routines that had the audience cheering!
First year and advance students showcased over 60 garments that highlighted their sewing skills with the latest in Spring and Summer fashions for 2014. Pencil, Maxi, and skater’s skirts, dresses, shirts and pants took center stage on the runway.
The last segment of the night was the sewing contest. The advanced fashion design students were challenged to design and construct an outfit for First Lady Michelle Obama to wear to a speaking engagement. The students were judged on their research of the First Lady’s fashion aesthetic (shown in their portfolio), garment construction, interview with the judges and finally the fit of the garment on their model. Here are some of the students’ designs for our First Lady, Michelle Obama.
The prizes for the winners were:
1st Place—Cash prize of $250 from Sew Much Fabric, a Husqvarna Sewing Machine, 1 free sewing class and first year’s machine maintenance from McDougal Sewing Center in Sugar Land
2nd Place—a Gutermann Thread Tower with 80 spools of thread sponsored by Rachel Steele and a basket of sewing notions sponsored by Jeni Beckstead
3rd Place- 4 Publications from Thread’s Magazine and Thread’s instructional DVDs sponsored by Threads Magazine
And now, without further ado here are this year’s winners!
Designed by Valerie Martinez
Designed by Tommy Lu
And 1st Place
Designed by Thabway Paw
The show was a huge success! The show raised almost $1700 for the fashion and design department and now has a waiting list of students wanting to take the class! I want to thank Alief ISD administration, faculty and students for allowing me to work with their talented designers. And a huge thanks to the event planners Linda Herrington of Plan 4 You Events and Keisha Ervin of Keisha’s Kreations LLC for putting together a beautiful stage to showcase the designs. I also want to thank Angela Rae for all of the behind the scene work, creativity and support for the last 3 years. Angela, your expertise was invaluable! And last but not least, to all of the Sew Much Fabric clients for your continued support. I look forward to doing it all again in 2015!!