Home-grown outfit takes out people's choice vote

SELF-TAUGHT milliner Natalie Zielke is the winner of the QT Fashions on the Field People's Choice Award for Best Dressed Female at Ipswich Cup.

The Raceview resident triumphed the online polls, attracting 5416 votes out of a total 11,437 judges who cast their opinions.

Mrs Zielke's navy blue and pink outfit and hat was hand made a week before the city's strongly contested fashion event of the year.

"I made my outfit on the public holiday before the Cup and had a couple of late nights putting the finishing touches on it," she said.

"I wanted something with long-sleeves for winter that still had a bit of colour in it."

A regular on-stage for the past three years, Mrs Zielke finished in the top 10 best-dressed females at last year's Ipswich Cup.

She said she had made about three dresses during the years but her forte was hats.

"I married into a church where we often wear hats so four years ago I thought, why not make them myself," she said. "Now it has become a hobby."

Mrs Zielke has created fascinators for dozens of women through her online business, MiHatz, which she operates in her down-time away from her full-time office job.

She won a $100 Coles Myer gift card and said she was "surprised" by the win.

Sydney's Lisa Wellings won best- dressed female from a record number of 60 women competing for the style stakes.

She wore a purple Bottega Veneta dress and a Liza Stedman headpiece.

This year's QT Fashions on the Field, held on June 15, attracted entrants from all corners of the country, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.



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