My mother knew her way around a sewing machine pretty darn well.
When she was teaching me to sew, one of the things she emphasized was that if I were working with stripes or plaids, the seams had to line up to match the pattern. There were many a times that I ended up re-doing my less than stellar work until it was up to her standards in the ‘matching seams’ department.
I guess her persistence paid off because now it drives me crazy to see mismatched seams. And they’re everywhere on today’s retail racks, even those holding some of the more high-end brands.
It’s a little thing I know. But it speaks volumes about pride and care in what you do. Take a look at this coat for instance from the 1940s. Perfectly tailored; perfectly matched.
Why does fine workmanship have to be a thing of the past?