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Woodbury's future fashionistas

During "project Runway" students created dresses, bags and sunglasses cases. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.1 / 10
During the "Project Runway" camp last week, middle school girls were tasked with sewing their own fashion designs. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.2 / 10
During the "Project Runway" camp last week, middle school girls were tasked with sewing their own fashion designs. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.3 / 10
Woodbury's young fashion designers practice their fashion model poses during "Project Runway" at Middleton Elementary. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.4 / 10
Woodbury's young fashion designers practice their fashion model poses during "Project Runway" at Middleton Elementary. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.5 / 10
Participants of "Project Runway" modeled their fashions for parents during a fashion show on Aug. 15. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.6 / 10
Participants of "Project Runway" modeled their fashions for parents during a fashion show on Aug. 15. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.7 / 10
During "project Runway" students created dresses, bags and sunglasses cases. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.8 / 10
Participants of "Project Runway" modeled their fashions for parents during a fashion show on Aug. 15. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.9 / 10
Participants of "Project Runway" modeled their fashions for parents during a fashion show on Aug. 15. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.10 / 10

Woodbury has its own future fashion designers.

District 833 Community Education held a "Project Runway" camp last week at Middleton Elementary.

The camp, held Aug. 12-15, was offered through the Youth Enrichment League.

During the four day class, roughly 20 middle school girls came together for a mini fashion design camp where they made their own creations

The beginning of the week kicked off with students learning how to use a sewing machine.

"Most of the kids have been really quick learners," said camp instructor Kaylee Mikolajczyk. "It starts with a little bit of patience as they learn how to use the sewing machine, and then they're off and running."

Once students mastered the sewing machines, they began making their creations.

During the week, students completed a total of three fashion design projects - a bag, a sunglass case and a dress.

"The dress was probably the most fun because they could put their own twist on it," Mikolajczyk said. "It's great to watch them take a big a piece of fabric and make it into something they can wear."

The camp culminated with a fashion show for parents on Thursday.

"They like to show off their personalities through fashion," Mikolajczyk said. "They're so creative."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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