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Make It With Wool 2015: Use of Claire Shaeffer Pattern Winner

Threads #182, December 2015/January 2016
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The Make It with Wool competition (MIWW) recognizes excellence and innovation in wool garment design and construction. Every year, sewers compete in age groups and in special award categories, and the state winners advance to the national judging round in January. Garments must be made from fashion fabrics or yarns containing at least 60 percent wool fibers. Judges consider each entry’s appropriateness to the contestant’s lifestyle, the coordination of fabrics and yarns with the garment’s style and design, as well as the presentation, construction quality, and creativity.

Threads highlights National MIWW winners each year to recognize their hard work and skill, and find inspiration in their stunning garments. This year’s winners were featured in Threads #182 (December 2015/January 2016), and now you can see them right here on our website.

Use of Claire Shaeffer Pattern Winner

Kelsey Clear
Niles, Michigan

For her first year competing in MIWW, Kelsey created a three-piece suit in her favorite color combination: black, red, and white. She chose a wool glen plaid with a thin red stripe for the suit jacket and skirt. The vest is in solid red wool. The jacket is Claire Shaeffer’s Vogue 8333, the skirt is Donna Karan’s Vogue 1324 (out of print), and the vest is Simplicity 8702 (out of print). Kelsey used the red wool for the jacket’s collar and lapels, and she hand-embroidered feather stitching on the lapels and the vest front and back before constructing the garments. The vest’s pocket bags and welts, which Kelsey added, are made in the glen plaid, too. Kelsey has been sewing for 15 years. With each project, she says she tries to incorporate new skills, like the hand-worked keyhole buttonholes she sewed on the jacket and vest.

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