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Marcela Lopez takes first place in National Make It With Wool competition

The 63rd Annual National Make It With Wool competition will be an experience Marcela Lopez will always remember. Modeling a royal blue wool coat, the young woman from Lexington, NE, took home top honors in the senior division during the Grand Rapids, MI-event.

Not only was being named First Place Senior 2011 Wool Ambassador quite an honor for Marcela, she was able to share the experience with her younger sister, Ana, 15, who qualified in the junior division. What made the event truly special was that both girls, who are the daughters of Luis and Yanira Lopez, had qualified for nationals for the first time.

“I was really proud to be able to represent Nebraska and the Hispanic community at the contest,” Marcela proudly admitted. “I was very happy that I was able to do that for my community. My sister and I were the only Hispanics in the entire competition. It was such an honor that both of us won our divisions at state and were able to go to nationals for the first time together.”



For this year’s competition, Marcela constructed a royal blue dress coat that drew attention to her sewing skills. The unique part of the coat, according to Marcela, were the rows of slim tucking in the front and back that shape the waist of the coat, ending with inverted pleats that create a flared hem. “The coat was knee length with a stand-up collar. I also made a belt that accentuated the waist. It has buttons on the front. I made the coat with tucks because I thought it would look unique. I had never seen one in stores like it,” she explained.

The hardest part of constructing the coat were making the tucks, Marcela continued. “They were very hard because they all had to be the same. I sewed in the tucks and top stitched them. Then, after that, I had to open them up with a seam ripper. That is what made the tucks.”



Although Marcela uses patterns for sizing, she enjoys modifying the patterns to create her own designs. “I have wanted to be a fashion designer since I was very small,” she recalled. “Since then, I have decided to add business and fashions together, because I think it would be a more secure career. Plus, with the career path I have chosen, I can still design, but this career will open more doors for me. Fashion has been my passion since I was young. I have always known that it is what I wanted to do.”

Marcela is a freshman at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, pursuing a major in fashion merchandising and a minor in entrepreneurship. She plans to pursue an internship her junior year working for a clothing company as a designer. She hopes to continue with that occupation after she graduates, and plans to eventually open her own company selling business wear for women, and marketing some of her own designs.

The 63rd Annual National Make It With Wool competition will be an experience Marcela Lopez will always remember. Modeling a royal blue wool coat, the young woman from Lexington, NE, took home top honors in the senior division during the Grand Rapids, MI-event.

Not only was being named First Place Senior 2011 Wool Ambassador quite an honor for Marcela, she was able to share the experience with her younger sister, Ana, 15, who qualified in the junior division. What made the event truly special was that both girls, who are the daughters of Luis and Yanira Lopez, had qualified for nationals for the first time.

“I was really proud to be able to represent Nebraska and the Hispanic community at the contest,” Marcela proudly admitted. “I was very happy that I was able to do that for my community. My sister and I were the only Hispanics in the entire competition. It was such an honor that both of us won our divisions at state and were able to go to nationals for the first time together.”

For this year’s competition, Marcela constructed a royal blue dress coat that drew attention to her sewing skills. The unique part of the coat, according to Marcela, were the rows of slim tucking in the front and back that shape the waist of the coat, ending with inverted pleats that create a flared hem. “The coat was knee length with a stand-up collar. I also made a belt that accentuated the waist. It has buttons on the front. I made the coat with tucks because I thought it would look unique. I had never seen one in stores like it,” she explained.

The hardest part of constructing the coat were making the tucks, Marcela continued. “They were very hard because they all had to be the same. I sewed in the tucks and top stitched them. Then, after that, I had to open them up with a seam ripper. That is what made the tucks.”

Although Marcela uses patterns for sizing, she enjoys modifying the patterns to create her own designs. “I have wanted to be a fashion designer since I was very small,” she recalled. “Since then, I have decided to add business and fashions together, because I think it would be a more secure career. Plus, with the career path I have chosen, I can still design, but this career will open more doors for me. Fashion has been my passion since I was young. I have always known that it is what I wanted to do.”

Marcela is a freshman at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, pursuing a major in fashion merchandising and a minor in entrepreneurship. She plans to pursue an internship her junior year working for a clothing company as a designer. She hopes to continue with that occupation after she graduates, and plans to eventually open her own company selling business wear for women, and marketing some of her own designs.


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