The Illinois State “Make It with Wool Contest” was held October 14th in Peoria, Illinois. It is the 56th year of the Make it Wool Contest. The MIWW promotes wool’s beauty and versatility and recognizes excellence and creativity in garment sewing. Garments must contain fabric that is 60% wool. Contestants complete in skill and age groups; 13 to 16- year- olds compete as Juniors, those 17-24 compete as seniors; and 25 and over as adults. State winners advance to the national judging round held in February 2018, in San Antonio, TX. The winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the national completion.
Morgan Wilderman, of Greenville, won the state title in her age bracket in the “Make It With Wool Contest”.
The material used for the garment actually goes laboratory testing to prove wool content. All wool fabrics must be 60% wool content, Morgan used material that was 85% wool.
Morgan Elizabeth Wilderman constructed from Vogue pattern V1399 a Light Pink Wool dress completely lined with Pink Stretch Charmeuse. The dress features a fitted bodice going into a modified A Line style skirt with 4 Panels top stitched in front and back. The waist is accentuated with a pendulum fully lined at the sides. The bodice features bias cut collar and mock cap sleeves for a winter look.
Morgan wore a gold floral pin and black patent pumps to complete her outfit. The floral pin is keeping with the style American designers Badgley Mischka in many of their designs.
Morgan is the daughter of Julie & Dylan Elders and Bryan & Grace Wilderman of Greenville. She is an honor student and freshman at Greenville High School. Morgan is active in Band, Chorus, Jazz band, Tennis team and FFA. Just this week Morgan was elected Green hand FFA President of the freshman class.
Morgan enjoys music and plays organ, piano and guitar for church and the children’s choir at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She is a 6-year member of the Prizewinners 4H Club. Her 4H projects include sheep, rabbits, foods, art and clothing. Morgan has won Superior Exhibitor awards in 4H at the State Fair in Clothing and Visual Arts, and Grand Champion Jr. Meat Pen with her Californian Rabbits. She is also an avid swimmer and a member of the Kingsbury Swim Team. She is hoping to pass the lifeguard test next summer to become a lifeguard. Her career plans include music and possibly something in the medical field. When not busy with an active school schedule she and her cousins help Grandpa with the baby lambs and farm chores.