17-year-old Fort Collins de­signer on “Project Run­way Jr.”

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Fran­cie Swi­dler

When Molly O’Brien was just 8 years old, she was hand-sew­ing pil­lows with her grand­mother and mak­ing dresses out of news­pa­per at a fash­ion camp in Ken­tucky.

Now, at 17, the Fort Collins high school se­nior is a con­tes­tant on the sec­ond sea­son of Life­time’s “Project Run­way Jr.,” a show that is no­to­ri­ous for ask­ing con­tes­tants to cre­ate beau­ti­ful, wear­able gar­ments out of un­con­ven­tional ma­te­ri­als.

“You just treat (news­pa­per) like fab­ric in a lot of terms, do­ing things like pleat­ing,” O’Brien said. “But a lot of the time you have to use hot glue or hand sew­ing. It was kind of hard to learn to use those pa­per ma­te­ri­als be­cause you have to work dif­fer­ently.”

Molly O’Brien, 17, a se­nior at Rocky Moun­tain High School in Fort Collins, works on her next col­lec­tion, which in­cludes grom­mets, in her fam­ily’s base­ment. O’Brien is a con­tes­tant on “Project Run­way Jr.” Joe Amon, The Den­ver Post

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