How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
I'm about to apply the same principle to a sewing project that I've been putting off.
My ex-husband is 6 ft 6, with long legs. He has always had problems getting trousers to fit, so I used to make his formal trousers, and even on one occasion ventured into men's tailoring with a full suit.
When we separated we divided everything up in a very grown up and amicable way, and resolved to remain friends. What I didn't realise was that remaining friends meant that I still had to sew his trousers, until he arrived on my doorstep with a bolt of fabric, a zip and thread.I don't find men's trousers especially easy, and I struggle to work up much enthusiasm for sewing for other people. Instead of putting it off until the last possible moment then doing a rush job, I'm taking the elephant approach: Cutting it up and tackling it one bite at a time.
- Cut out pieces and lining pieces
- Overlock all pieces
- Stitch and press darts
- Sew bound pocket on the right back piece
- Attach and top stitch front pockets and lining
- Install fly zip and facing
- Sew side and inside leg seams
- Make belt carriers and tack on to trousers
- Attach waist band
- Sew loose end on the belt carriers
- Sew button hole, button and trouser bar
That's come out at 12 bites. It doesn't seem very many for a task that I have always considered a "major" sewing project. I can't help feel that I've missed something.
Anyway, If I'm right I should be able to finish these in under two weeks just be eating one bite a day. None of the individual "bites" are going to take long, so I can still have other projects going on that I am actually inspired by, and by overlocking all the pieces at the beginning I only need my ordinary sewing machine out (which it usually is anyway).
Fired with enthusiasm I've alreading crossed number one off the list, I've cut out the pieces. I'm using a pattern that I have used several times before (I got custody of all the patterns which was probably a strategic mistake) so I've already made the required adjustments to the pattern Burda 8186 , but today's bite and tomorrow's bite (overlocking) are probably the most time consuming.