Like so many sewists, I have a perennial inferiority complex about my sewing. Part of this is based in well-founded fact. When I first returned to sewing a dozen years ago, I was very rusty in my skills and it took a while working with my hands to awaken the memory of lost techniques. But there wasn't a whole lot to awaken. I had developed only the basics of sewing knowledge in my early years, and most of my work was driven by the passion to make.
However, from there I worked hard to teach myself to sew, mostly by stitching my way through hundreds of patterns in a few short years.
And then I decided to get some real education. returning to fashion design school to study draping, patternmaking, and most relevant to this story, couture technique.
I remember the first jacket I made after beginning sewing anew. It was a light denim blazer that was in desperate need of lining, underlining, interfacing, seam finishes, oh my. As I turned out better and more improved jackets, someone commented how far I had come since that denim blazer. I was a bit hurt, because I loved that jacket so fervently that I couldn't see its shortcomings.
As I worked my way through various couture courses, I came to learn that most sewing technique is about 10% knowledge and 90% slow, patient work. I created a whole portfolio of beautiful samples, and I was amazed at what I could sew under the guidance of kind tutelage.
I have physical proof of what I can do in sewing, but do I feel any more confident about my sewing technique all these years after that denim blazer? Not really. And I know a lot of sewists who vastly underplay their technical skills. Perhaps because we spend so much time working at close range with our projects, because we know every stitch like the back of our hands, we are much too aware of the tiny imperfections and way too hard on ourselves.
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How do you rate your sewing technique? Are you too hard on yourself. Do tell!