Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teen Finds Fashion Success at Pennsylvania Farm Show

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teen Finds Fashion Success at Pennsylvania Farm Show

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SAYRE, Pa. -- Most people buy their clothes at a store and then wear them without a thought as to how they were made.

For Katherine Porter of South Waverly, however, the construction of a garment is an art form, one she has honed since childhood.

And it's a hobby in which she has found success. For the past three years, the Sayre High School senior has wowed judges at the Pennsylvania Farm Show with her skills. Last month, judges awarded Katherine the Youth and 4-H Best of Show prize at the annual farm show's Fashions with a Flair competition for the third consecutive year.

Her turquoise lace dress and matching jacket took the top prize at this year's show, which featured 21 exhibitors modeling 52 individual designs.

"It was quite a privilege to receive [Best in Show] for a third time," she said.

In designing the winning outfit, Katherine wanted to achieve a specific goal this year. She wanted to submit a formal dress that incorporated couture techniques, using detailed, hand-stitched embellishments to add to the garment's artistry.

She said adding details to the lace dress took "countless" hours.

"It involved a lot of hand-stitching," she said. "People take for granted how long it takes to make your clothes."

The dress has a full skirt and, as presented at the farm show, was topped with a fully lined linen jacket with cap sleeves and a Peter Pan collar. The outfit, which Katherine modeled at the show, also featured a handmade grosgrain ribbon belt with a bow in the center.

Katherine designs each outfit based on her own tastes, also taking inspiration from eye-catching designs she fiens online, in magazines and in person.

She also keeps in mind what the judges look for. Judges examine each design and score it based on overall appearance, use of accessories, modeling presentations, design, style and color, construction and fit and level of difficulty. …

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