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Presentation Guidelines: Fabric and Fashion Design


  • To develop leadership abilities and build character.
  • To build self-confidence and poise by developing:
    1. skills necessary to organize and plan a presentation using a particular technique.
    2. ability to select the most suitable sewing technique to achieve a quality product.
    3. ability to present sewing information in an effective way to various audiences or groups, and
    4. knowledge of and skill in the use of decision-making processes.


Individuals may compete.

  • 9-10 – 4-H’er must be 9 years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh burthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old prior to January 1 of the current year and not have reached their fourteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age prior to January 1 of the current year, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.

Resources: See Family and Consumer Resources Guide.


Suggestions/Helpful Hints

  • A neat appearance in appropriate clothing attire for presentation delivery is important.
  • The types and usefulness of visual aids is determined by the type of presentation. Visual aids should support the presentation.

Presentation Ideas

  • Emphasis should be on Apparel and related textiles.
  • Acceptable presentation topics do not include aesthetics, such as color coordination, proportion, line and design, etc.
  • Specific focus should include any one of the following subheadings:
    • wardrobe selection and buymanship
    • comparison shopping (choose one category, such as shirts, to compare shirts, jeans, pants, dresses, sweaters, jackets, etc.)
  • How to Judge Quality in a Specific Apparel and Textile Item
  • Care and Maintenance of Apparel and Textiles
    • How to Select Storage Accessories for Specific Apparel and Textile Items
    • Tips for Storing Out of Season Clothes
    • How to Use Care Guide Labels in Caring for Clothes
    • Best Practices for Laundering Clothes
    • How to Repair a Specific Item, such as a zipper, ripped seam, hem, etc.
    • How to Recycle a Specific Item, such as a shirt into a vest
    • Pressing Techniques for a Specific Item, such as how to press pants
  • Textile Science
    • Study of Fibers and Their Characteristics and Uses (select one fiber – cotton, wool, linen, silk, nylon, polyester, acrylic, acetate, rayon, etc.)
    • Study of Fabric Finishes and Their Uses (plain, twill, satin, basket)
  • Clothing Construction
    • Sewing Equipment and Its Uses
    • Fabric Preparation and Pattern Layout
    • How to Mark Garment Parts
    • Pressing Tools and Their Uses
    • Apparel Sewing Techniques – How to…
      • Construct a Dart, zipper, waistband, neck facing, pleats, gathers, collars, sleeves, etc.
      • Specific technique such as clean-finish, seam finishes, grade, clip and understich, using interfacing and lining.
    • How To Work with Other Fabrics…
      • Napped Fabrics, silk-like fabrics, stripes, plaids, sheers, etc.
  • Clothing Entrepreurship
    • Skills Needed To Run a Business
    • Marketing My Product
    • Learning How To Price My Product


District awards: Certificates for each division winner

State awards: $25 award for each division winner.


Mitzi Stumpf
Box 7606 NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606
Phone: 919-515-8478