2012 Tessuti Awards Competition

2012 Tessuti Awards

Drumroll please! 

My fellow lovers of Tessuti may be aware already – but for the benefit of those who aren’t – the 2012 Tessuti Awards have been announced! And this year it’s Big with a capital B. The theme? Spots and Stripes. Who doesn’t love them both? To see just how inspirational and incredible this competition can be – I would highly recommend checking out the Tessuti Awards website (where you can lurk creations by previous years entrants until your heart is content).

The basic premise is that you design/make a dress following the set theme (and a few rules), and submit your entry online. A panel of judges picks semi-finalists, and your creation is then flown to Sydney for the final judging – the winner takes home $5000 worth of international flights, second prize wins a Bernina 700D overlocker and lucky third gets a $500 Tessuti gift voucher. Kick ass prizes if you ask me.
What makes it Big this year is that they’ve opened it for international contenders as well – In previous years it’s only been up for grabs by people residing in the Land of Oz.
I’m humbled to think that I even shared the same sewing teacher as the WINNER of last year’s awards – the amazingly talented JuliaBobbin – you can check out her winning entry here. In fact I think she’s in New York right now (or heading off there very soon) thanks to her winning ticket :) I’m even more stoked to notice that Emma Leonard – who drew the graphic image you see above as the banner for the awards, is a girl who I went to high school with. Whilst she wasn’t someone I was friends with, I love seeing people with who I grew up with succeed at doing what they love! She clearly is a very talented artist. 

Julia Bobbin’s 2011 winning Tessuti Awards entry

Would you consider entering? My only excuse is that I’m a fair bit larger than the standard size 10 that the dress has to be made to, so I would really struggle to make something to fit this requirement… 

…96 days to go…



  1. Oh wow, I've never heard of this before but I'm totally checking it out because I would really like to enter! Regardless of your size you should enter because you're talented! Who knows what kind of inspiration you might get!

  2. You certainly have the talent, style and skills to enter! It would bug me though to have to sew something that wouldn't fit me.

  3. I am tempted, and ideas have been tinkling through my head, but then the horror of stepping into a competitive arena may be too much for me. I'm sure I'm not an Australian size 10 but would happily make something that I never get to wear for the interest of this project.

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