Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing has so many wonderful little gems sprinkled throughout that I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you on a regular basis.
Take this, for example, from the "Introduction to Sewing":
The ability to sew seems an almost unattainable skill to many women who have never tried to learn, and as a result, they both admire and envy the larger and better wardrobes of their friends who know how to make their own things--and do.Aren't there some interesting points to ponder there?
Actually, it is not as hard to learn to sew well as it is to cook competently--and you acquire both talents the same way: by scrupulously following the directions in a good text book, and by practising.
I agree that learning to sew seems impossible to those who haven't ever been taught or tried to learn. But something bothers me about the sewing/cooking analogy, and I can't quite put my finger on it. I think it's the bit about "scrupulously following the directions in a good text book." They make sewing and cooking sound like studying algebra!
I think it boils down to this: yes, you do need to follow directions carefully while sewing. But you also need to be able to think on your feet. Sewing is really about problem-solving, at its core. How often do we find that things don't go exactly as planned, and we need to think of a creative solution to make a garment work? This often means varying dramatically from the pattern instructions.
But I do like the goal of VoNBBS's statement here--to point out that sewing is an attainable skill for anyone. Actually, their goal was to sell books and patterns. We can't really forget that VoNBBS was a marketing tool as well.
What do you think? Do you agree that sewing is just like following a recipe?