There is no shortcut to success, when it comes to sewing. Sewing and fashion design is a trade skill, it is not an academic field. So, if you want to be truly successful in fashion, you must make the time to practice your skills; otherwise, you will be choosing the wrong profession for your career! Yes, “patience is a virtue”. It may sound cliche but it is the reality of fashion. If you want to become a fashion designer, you must learn how to sew, and sew well; otherwise, who is going to stitch your garment together? Nobody will be able to see your idea or vision, or read your mind – you must be able to bring your design concept to life through sewing. You must make the time to practice, and you must remain focused, calm and patient. Sewing requires a lot of practice and repetition to help build your long-term muscle memory. Sewing is very similar to driving – once you learn the skill, you will never forget how to do it – but you still need to practice to truly master the skill. In learning how to sew properly and professionally, it is best to follow your mother’s advice, “Practice makes perfect”.

– Chris Falcon is a Canadian designer and fashion educator with over 35 years of experience in the garment design and manufacturing business.