Zionsville Community High School senior Molly Grotjan was awarded first place in the junior category of the Indiana state Make It With Wool contest during the Indiana State Fair. She created a three-piece outfit that will be entered into the state competition in San Antonio in February .
“I sew for 4-H, and from that I had heard about the contest through word of mouth,” Grotjan said. “I was able to use my 4-H outfit that I had sewn in the Make It With Wool Contest.”
Her three-piece outfit took more than 60 hours to sew and included a navy skirt, navy and cream color block top and a gray and blue tweed cape.
“Sewing is something I love to do,” Grotjan said. “I love being able to compete with others my own age. It continuously makes me better.”
Her 10 years’ experience participating in sewing events helped Grotjan perfect her craft.
“My sewing instructor judges for other sewing competitions, and what I do is not something he sees very often, hand-sewing. I did a lot of hand-sewing on my hems, buttonholes, all the binding around my cape,” Grotjan said.
She made it to the national competition last year, too.
“The goal is always to place in the top 10. I placed in the lower 5 out of the top 10 last year. The goal is to place in the top 5 this time,” Grotjan said.
She is glad that the contest promotes the American Wool Council and American Sheep Industry.
“To me there are so many benefits to just competing that winning is just the icing on top of the cake,” Grotjan said.
For more, visit nationalmakeitwithwool.com.