The January 2012 Threads “Designer Spotlight” (page 22) interviewed Kenneth King and this is what he had to say when asked what advice would he pass along to others interested in couture sewing:
“Persistence, practice, persistence, practice. When you get a technique “in the hands’ as my teacher Simmin Sethna would say, its quicker than using a shortcut. A shortcut may seem faster, but in the end, doing something correctly from the beginning can save far more time.”
Though I am a big fan of shortcuts myself and love to sew using RTW methods, Mr. King’s point is well taken. In both persistence and practice I have been remiss when a technique does not come easily. I would love to master the tailoring details that go into a pair of classic tailored trousers. However making great slacks means welt pockets and perfect fly fronts. I know that I should just grab some scraps and start practicing but something in me pushes back. My sewing time is so limited that to “waste” time practicing means I will have to forego some finished garments in designs that sew more quickly.
At least that is what my impulsive mind tells me. But Kenneth King is asserting that if I would just practice with persistence it would cut my work time in the end. Something to think about. It almost makes me want to pull out one of my sewing references and cut some welt pockets.