Manville takes national wool honors
by Holly Davis
Kylie Manville, 16, reflects on her successful year with the Make It With Wool national and state contests. The Jefferson County North high school student placed high at districts, received first at the state contest, and won the national contest for her junior age division.
She began sewing eight years ago, the same year she entered the Make It With Wool contest. She says her grandmother, Arleta Manville, is a definite inspiration. Arleta taught her how to sew when she was younger and after spending countless hours together, Kylie says it has brought them closer.
“My grandma taught me how to sew during the summer and after I started to enjoy it, I wanted to do it competitively,” she said.
Kylie’s aunts were also involved in competitive sewing. She says they are her role models and she is following in their footsteps. The national and state winner of the Make It With Wool contest can say she made them proud after reaching her highest goal.
Her feelings on winning the national title? “Some things are indescribable and this is one of them,” she said.
Kylie made her award-winning outfit ahead of time, she said, and doubled it as a 4-H project. She took it to the state competition in Manhattan where she qualified for nationals in San Antonio. At both events, she modeled her outfit made of wool and was then interviewed by a panel of judges.
The outfit was judged upon appropriateness to contestant’s lifestyle, coordination of fabric with garment style and design, presentation, and creativity.
When it comes to the Kansas contest, “it is tough competition,” Kylie said. Her hard work and efforts, however, led to her representing her state at the national level where she competed against teens from across the nation.
According the National Make It With Wool website, Kylie’s outfit entered was described as “…a creative combination of wool and mohair textures to construct a versatile burgundy and black wool coat. Her gabardine wrap-around suit jacket is detailed with curly mohair yarn that is needle-felted and appliqued to add interest and coordinate with a soft mohair boucle skirt.”
After winning the national contest in January, Kylie was awarded a variety of scholarships, a cash prize, and various sewing items.
Although this is her last year sewing competitively, she hopes to continue to sew for recreational and more “practical” purposes she said. In the past, she has made Halloween costumes, blankets, and curtains for family members. This year, in fact, she made her own prom dress and wore it to the JCN dance.
After hearing about Kylie’s success at the Make It With Wool contest, she was interviewed by Ralph Hipp and made an appearance on WIBW.
She has become quite the celebrity, in her younger sister’s eyes at least. Adie, 9, might just be Kylie’s biggest fan. The JCN fourth-grader started sewing last year with inspiration from her grandma and older sister she said. She too, has a goal of winning the national title someday, but for now says it’s a fun hobby.
After hearing that Kylie had won, “I was excited,” Adie said, which may have been an understatement. “She was screaming,” her mother, Christy, laughed.
As for brothers Brett, 19, and Calvin, 9, they have no interest in sewing, and Kylie says, are often dragged to her competitions.
As for Adie, Kylie says she has great potential and will be there to help her every step of the way. Just like it did with her and her grandma, she hopes her and Adie’s relationship will grow through their sewing interests as well.
Adie says her latest project is a jumper with a little jacket. It is black plaid with accents of her favorite color, purple.
Kylie plans to pursue a degree in speech pathology at Kansas State University after graduating from JCN in 2014. After seeing the action up close and personal at WIBW, Adie hopes to someday become a meteorologist.
“It has given me a lot of self-confidence and I learned how to present myself,” Kylie said. “It also helped me to know if something has quality and I can tell if it’s made or constructed well.”
Kylie and Adie are the daughters of Kristie and Neil Manville.
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