November 28, 2015, 6:01 AM
One of the best things about working with wool fabrics is that "you don't have to worry about it catching on fire" while ironing it, said. Hurray for a low combustion rate. The Vancouver teen competed in this year's Washington State Make It With Wool Contest, where wool knowledge is just as important as the design. The 16-year-old created a wool plaid jumpsuit using fabric she discovered at the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal. As part of the contest, Dowler had to model her outfit for the judges, while answering questions about its construction. "You have to have your body completely covered in wool," she said. Her jumpsuit earned her third runner-up in the state for the junior category. It's part of a national contest which encourages contestants to create outfits using at least 60 percent wool fabrics or fibers. Dowler competed in last year's contest, creating a fur-lined wool jacket and pants, which earned her third place on the national level.