Thank you Nishjin for posting such an insightful view It brought to light many questions I had as well. From the point of a RTW designer I have to say that a certain amount of crafted imperfections are things that help to create style and personality. I believe when a customer purchases a "high value" piece of clothing they want to be able to connect to its heritage and a garment that is "perfect" can lack that characteristic. I completely support the idea of learning the basics, however, if one does not slowly add there own personality to the workmanship there is the danger that the craft comes to determine the value of the person rather than the person determining the value of the craft.
I won't go so far as to say that there need to be falty cutting or making to connect a garment to its heritage. I've been told the Italians have designed machines that make irregular stitching to mimick the hand sewing. This is wrong.
I've seen many (and have some at home) pieces of pottery that are full of imperfection and have no soul. Giving a soul to an object is the prrof of a true master. Sometimes, it is not the making itself, but what happened after, so Sator is right to say that patina gives this. Good quality pinked garments are full of character.
Information about the rules of competition explains a lot. I was not aware of this. Now I understand this, I think those competitions completely miss an essential part of the job. I've seen the same in a French competition, where a tailor I know had his coat dismissed because it had a barchetta pocket, and the parisian judges thaught that a pocket should be straight, and that barchetta is sloppy and not good craftmanship. This kind of things always make me think of the Art exhibitions of the XIXth century which rejected Impressionists as being decadent and not art.
But it's true too that what is missed is very difficult to judge. Maybe it's too subjective, I don't know. Maybe it would take a Zen master to be judge for those things.
I think Greger put his finger on something important : some coats "try too hard".
I'm also understanding that the aesthetics that I'm looking for is not for everybody. There are many ways to feel the world. There are many way to make art. Monet and Mondrian both made valuable art. Impressionism, cubism or pop art did not made Rembrandt less good. There are many forms of aesthetics. There are many forms of art that some people seem to find appealing, and that leave me completely cool, I don't feel a thing.