I've actually been doing that the last two projects, and you can tell. Boyhowdy can you tell on the periwinkle shirt. It's so much nicer... although certainly some of that is the difference in fabric. But - it's the attention to detail. The "make it right" not "just let's get through it". It's putting the mental effort in, to take the lessons I've learned over the past five? years I've been sewing and put them to work. To try new techniques that I've read about, to try new stitches, to experiment with notions and fabric. To bring it all together and move on.
I don't know why it's so hard, to give over the idea of "hobby" or "pastime" and replace it with "craft" or "passion". I guess because it moves the base-level of expectation way up. No more sloppy-jalopy finishing, no way. I'm a craftsperson!
Part of the transition - I finally joined the American Sewing Guild. It's not like there's a bar to membership. You register, send them some money, they send you a card and tell you when the next meeting is. And you get a very nifty magazine subscription. (I think the goodies that go with the membership will offset the price). So why get so kerfuffled? Because to *me*... I'm saying, "I'm worthy of hanging out with other seamstresses". I feel like I'm moving from junior high to high school - scared and nervous and knowing it's all pretty silly but... still. I'm claiming it.
Yes, I'm silly.
I wonder who I'll be NEXT year?
The other side of the coin: http://hearthtobelovely.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/maturation-graduation/