PURPOSE

This competition is being organised only on-line through social media.

This STITCH don’t DITCH competition will allow residents and designers in Australia to display creativity to recreate an outfit using 2 or 3 preloved garments from their wardrobe or secondhand garments from friends. Can be an outfit for the races, a casual outfit, or even a beautiful new dress for a young child.

Before photos showing the pre-loved garments and a photo of the new garment modeled by you or a friend, must be included with the entry form.

There is also a soft toy category that must be made of recycled fabrics. We will donate these toys to families in need or to the Werribee Hospital.

We also have the Secondary College entries, Years 9/10 and 11/12, or students under 18 who have a recycled or an upcycled category.

Entries close on August 1st 2022 and finalists will be announced on August 6th 2022 with winners being announced on August 15th 2022.

Finalist garments will be on display at the Manor Lakes and Tarneit Central Shopping Centres.

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Prize Money

RECYCLED WEARABLE ART

  • Years 9&10 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50.
  • Years 11&12 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50.

UPCYCLED OUTFIT (Years 11&12)

  • 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50.

SCHOOL WITH MOST ENTRIES

  • 1st Prize $500.

RECYCLED WEARABLE ART

Years 9&10

  • 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50.

Years 11&12

  • 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50.

RAGS TO RICHES 

Registered Designers

  • Casual Wear: 1st Prize $700, 2nd Prize $400, 3rd Prize $200.
  • Race Wear: 1st Prize $700, 2nd Prize $400, 3rd Prize $200.

Residents

  • Casual Wear: 1st Prize $500, 2nd Prize $250, 3rd Prize $150.
  • Race Wear: 1st Prize $500, 2nd Prize $250, 3rd Prize $150.

SOFT TOYS

Years 9&10

  • 1st Prize $150, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50.

Years 11&12

  • 1st Prize $150, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50.

Resident

  • 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100.

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD (Awarded to greatest number of votes over all categories)

  • 1st Prize $250, 2nd Prize $150.

SCHOOL WITH THE MOST ENTRIES

  • 1st Prize $500

BACKGROUND/CONTEXT

Every 10 minutes, an estimated 6000kilos of textiles and clothing are dumped in landfill in Australia

Charities are overwhelmed, only 1% of total collected disposed garments ae recycled

100 billion garments are produced globally each year, with 33% going to landfill with the first year of purchase.

Ther textile industry is estimated to emit 8% of carbon emission, and 20% of the World’s waste.

SAVE OUR PLANET – Turn your pre-loved Garments into new fashions.