Katelyn Schrader wasn't expecting to win a new sewing machine at the Frockingly Fabulous Frock Show - but she was pleasantly surprised.
"It's shocking, I never win things," said the 14-year-old from St Mary's Diocesan School.
The June 27 fashion show was the brainchild of Bach on Breakwater owner Barbara Olsen-Henderson and self-taught seamstress Shirley Taylor.
It was a fundraising vehicle for a charity they both support, Women's Refuge.
Katelyn entered her "up-cycled" fashion item in the student section for a bit of fun and came out on top.
She said the hardest part was coming up with the idea for her garments.
"The best part was seeing the dress on the actual runway."
It was modelled by her friend Jannah-Kaa Millar Cruden.
For the competition, the students were given "fashion packs", which included items of clothing from the Hospice Shop, and had to incorporate them in their design.
The show raised about $6500, and Olsen-Henderson said she was happy with the result.
"I was totally delighted. It went better than I thought."
Olsen-Henderson said she was grateful that the teachers had helped. Some of them had even spent weekends assisting the students.
As well as the student "up-cycling" competition, the fashion show was an opportunity for Taylor to display her work.
It featured 32 of her garments, made from 1930s and 1950s patterns, and they turned heads as her models strutted on the catwalk.
"I'm quite proud, I get a lot of compliments on my outfits when I go out," said the 78-year-old, who has been sewing for 60 years.
- Taranaki Daily News
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