Each week I watch Great British Sewing Bee not just wondering who will win, but who will make a bad fabric choice, who will mess up, who will present something unfinished?
Experienced sewers – especially those experienced enough to be contestants in a national TV completion – shouldn’t do any of these things. Yet, week after week they present final pieces pinned together, hurried hems and wonky seams.
Of course we all know it’s the pressure of the competition that makes extremely capable people present inferior work. It doesn’t matter how skilled or how creative the contestants are, there isn’t time for mistakes, there isn’t time for perfection, sometimes there isn’t even time for competent sewing.
Great British Sewing Bee is a vivid example of what can happen when we don’t allow our work enough time. However, I’ve met many professional creative people who, even though they have months or weeks to do a job, don’t produce the goods unless they’re running last minute for the finish line.
- Do you rush or pace your creative work?
- How good is your finished ‘product’ when you rush to finish?
- If you’re going to tackle something last minute, how do you ensure you do it well?