May 17, 2013 5:02 PM by Dan Shadwell

SLO High fashion heads to the runway

San Luis Obispo High home economics students have been hard at work preparing for a big fashion show this weekend and that's today's Local Spotlight.
They're piecing, measuring, stitching, and sewing all sorts of dresses, blouses, and other garments for kids and adults.
Many are new creations made from older ones that were donated.
Through a sort of clothing redesign and recycling, the fabric has found new use.
One dress for example, is made of old neckties.
"She used one of our dress forms to drape it on there," explains fashion instructor, Lisa Washmuth, "... and she actually hand-sewed the ties together. It took her a long time."
Fashion student Crystal Batemen says that skill is helping her see garments in a new wasy.
"It's taking something that you wouldn't wear normally and making it into something you could wear. Like I wouldn't wear board shorts, but I would wear a bikini top." She holds up a bikini she made just that way, by re-purposing some old swim trunks.
The students have each produced clothes they'll wear in the fashion show, as well as smaller garments for children, that'll be modeled by kids from the Tiny Tiger Preschool.
The fashion show will be held tomorrow evening at the Renaissance Salon and Boutique in San Luis Obispo, with other clothes supplied by local downtown retail stores.
It starts at 6pm.
Proceeds benefit the home economics related occupations, or "HERO" team scholarships and competitions.



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