Charlene Colon from Fayetteville, N.C., was named the 2013 National MIWW Adult Winner with her three-piece ensemble inspired by Chanel Couture. The ensemble features three different textures and weight of wool. The jacket combines two separate patterns and features a keyhole neckline, two-piece sleeves, hidden front button placket closure, hidden zippered pockets, underarm cell phone wallet and sleeve vents. Her 100-percent smooth face, wool gabardine, fitted trousers feature a hand-picked fly front zipper. And the blouse has softly tailored details and machine embroidery scroll motifs with floral accents. As part of her winnings, Colon won an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition in San Antonio.
The winner of the Fashion/Apparel Design Award was Jo'se Reyes of Houston, Texas, a student of Houston Community College pursuing a fashion career. Reyes constructed a women's suit of wool and silk. The jacket and fitted pencil skirt are fully lined. Black silk insets give the wearer a fitted silhouette look. Some of the unique features include the bow closure with cascading tiers and slightly belled sleeves. The entire suit was pattern drafted and inspired by the 1950s craze of the fitted waist. Reyes' winnings include a $1,000 scholarship for his winning outfit from the American Wool Council and an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition.
A total of 59 junior and senior finalists representing 31 states and the New England region modeled their creations at the national competition. Contestants nationwide entered competitions at the state level and utilized more than 1,837 yards of wool fabric and more than 337 skeins of yarn to create their garments.