On the the 22-24th of February each year the Royal Canberra Show takes place. I have never been too enthusiastic about all this show business, with the noisy atmosphere, smelly animals and the expensive entrance fee. I have only ever attended once before, and didn’t feel very inspired to go again the following year. However this year was different.

My textiles teacher approached me at the end of last year and suggested that we enter the garments I had made in textiles class into the show. I agreed, not knowing much at all about what would happen next, and curious to see what others would think of my clothing. It was also a chance for my hard work to be displayed.

Three garments were entered, my dress which I constructed from Basmati Rice Bags, an article of lingerie I made out of my grandmother’s evening gown and a fleecy purple jacket.

I did not expect anything to happen, although in the back of my mind I had my fingers crossed for a ribbon. That was why I was so astounded to receive a message from the front office at my school.

The Show Co-ordinator of the Crafts Expo had called my school to tell them that I had won the Overall Champion of the Sewing Section for my recycled Basmati rice bag dress, and I was even considered for Grand Champion! Not only this, I was to receive a prize: I had won a brand new sewing machine and overlocker! For me this was huge, I was absolutely ecstatic to receive the news, and it didn’t really sink in until I had the sewing machine in my arms.

I was given free admission to enter the show, so now there was no excuse not to go! I was presented with the award on Friday the 22nd of February 2013. I was so satisfying to see my recycled dress covered in awards.

When I arrived at the Crafts Pavilion, I was also extremely pleased to find that my two other garments had won first place in their respective classes. This was the icing on the cake and I couldn’t have been happier. Even though I wasn’t looking for prizes, fame or glory, my hard work had paid off and I knew that I could’t have done any better. I am very satisfied with my achievements and it has encouraged me keep on sewing. I’m very excited to have my own new machine and overlocker to continue making my creations!

Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my Grandmother for initially teaching me to sew and for continuing to coach me, as well as my textiles teacher who had confidence in me and encouraged me to enter my garments. This wouldn’t have happened without her! My thanks also to those who kindly donated me their rice bags, I couldn’t have done it without you!



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