If you're watching the sewing bee, have you noticed how much fabric the contestants waste? Pattern pieces plonked in the middle of the fabric, unwanted pieces flung to the floor! I know they're under time pressure but given today's focus on waste in the garment industry and the throw away attitude of consumers, I think it's an educational opportunity missed. They gave them all their offcuts for the transformation challenge a few weeks ago but they all just laughed at how much they'd wasted.
My mother taught me how to use the absolute minimum of fabric by judicious placement. She was a time-served tailoress before she married and would have had it drummed into her, as an apprentice, that expensive fabric (including fur) was not to be wasted. Commercial patterns always include economical layouts for the pieces, too.
Christmas lunch - AIBU?
Questions about my finances - bad manners?
Other people using my toilet - do you let them?