The National Finals is a wonderful honor and testament to the contestant’s modeling and construction skills. The American Sheep Industry Association, American Sheep Industry Women, Mohair Council of America and Pendleton Woolen Mills sponsor the annual contest which is held in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry (ASI) Annual Sheep Convention.
Allie competed and won the junior contest in the Tennessee Make-it-With-Wool Contest (TMIWW) which was held during the Lincoln County Fair. The Lincoln County Fair Association awarded Miss Heffington with her travel money to San Antonio and the TMIWW and Pendleton Woolen Mills awarded beautiful wool yardage for future wool garments. Mrs. Wendy Collins of Images and Miss Jennifer Hale, a former 4-H’er, directed the state wool contest.
The Wool Industry states that the national contestants’ garments were created with skill born of practice and tenacity, reflected the beauty and versatility of the fiber and produced naturally from renewable resources. Wool is an extraordinary fiber that created a wonderful array of garments on the runway for this National Make-It-With-Wool Style Show which was the finale of the three-day event. The contestants from all over the United States were judged modeling their garments, interviewed by a panel of judges and experts, and their outfits were then judged for construction.
The wool for each garment was tested by the Montana State University Wool Lab prior to the contest.
Allie chose a chocolate brown 100 percent Pendleton wool dress with bell sleeves and a boat neck featured on “Project Runway.” The chocolate wool had a linear twill pattern and was a lightweight wool offering great style and shape for the selected pattern. The dress was belted with a plaid of chocolate brown, gold, and crimson red 100 percent Pendleton wool. Allie also selected this plaid to construct the fully-lined mini capelet. She accessorized her outfit with a brown wool hat that featured a wool rose of the plaid. Allie said the complete ensemble was constructed from three different patterns featuring McCall’s and Simplicity manufacturers.
A sophomore at Fayetteville High School, Allie is the daughter of John and Allison Heffington. She is the granddaughter of Bob and Wanda Williams and Doug Heffington and the great-granddaughter of Naomi Wallace. Allie is the fourth generation to live on her family’s farm. Along with her brothers, she breeds and shows Suffolk and Hampshire sheep representing Triple L Livestock. She began sewing in the fourth grade as an Explorer 4-H’er and has been sewing ever since. When she was a little girl, she would sketch fashion designs for hours.
Allie loves that her sewing took her all the way to San Antonio, Texas. While there, she enjoyed the Riverwalk, The Alamo, Alamo Plaza and the Natural Bridge Caverns.