I am not slow at sewing, as such. But it does take me a long time to complete a project. There are a variety of reasons for this. One is my attention span, which is kinda like a curious kitten’s. Off I bounce to the next thing. Another is that I’m a starter of projects, and I have ideas falling out of my ears (usually my mouth, actually), but I just don’t seem to finish things. Yet another is that when I’m doing something new to me, I like to do a lot of reading and researching and pondering and procrastinating before I start.
I am a multiple projects on the go person. Some days, I don’t want to sit at my machine, so I’ll tape together those PDF patterns I’ve printed that are just piling themselves away on my shelf. Some days, I want to just do something easy. Some days, I want to learn something new. There have to be multiple projects so I can do whatever it is that I think I want to do that day. It’s not always the case that I’m right about myself, of course. I’ll start something and think, ‘bleurgh! I’m going to iron instead.’ (That’s a bad day indeed.)
So, trousers for my Partner. I echo everyone else’s positive impressions of Thread Theory’s design, instructions and the sewalong. I’m glad it took me forever to get started on these trousers, because I had the benefit of the sewalong to guide me at all the points I found perplexing (pretty much everything; but that’s my fault and not the fault of the pattern).
I’m especially enamoured of Thread Theory’s designs because Matt’s figure is not unlike my Partner’s: tall and skinny. I’m hopeful therefore that all the patterns will be easy to fit.
I like sewing for other people (but only if they don’t have an expectation that they’ll get anything from me anytime soon…) because I do a much better job than for myself.
I measured the entire flat pattern, comparing against my partner’s measurements and the measurements for a pair of his trousers.
I basted the trousers together for an initial fit.
I modified the trousers (took in about an inch from the hip area on the back leg pieces) and the trouser pattern (because there will be more)
I unpicked the fly on these trousers four times before I was happy! Four times! Can you fathom it? I did still grumble each time that I was unpicking, and it did mean I did the fly over several evenings because when I stuffed up and realised I had to unpick, I put the trousers down (the alternative was to throw them against a wall or tear them apart with my teeth). The bonus from all that frustration was I cut out and sewed up another Lady Skater Belladone mashup as my calming “I can too sew” project amidst “the what on earth am I doing trying to sew a pair of trousers for him” project.
Tidy insides and well-done fly! Also, his insides match my Forest Jewels Belladone. I have to contrive a way for us both to wear these at the same time so I can wander around, all chuffed at us *secretly matching*.
But look! A pair of trousers! That fit! That he says he’ll wear, and he even likes the light beige / stone / hoo boy is it ever going to get dirty coloured trousers.
Next, a shirt.
And then he won’t ever have to go shopping again. He’ll just have to ask me real nice like if I will please pretty please sew him something to wear because everything else is falling apart, or threaten me with purchasing unethical, fast fashion. Wait 6 months! I shall shout! Don’t buy anything unethical! Give me 6 months to make you some thoroughly slow fashioned clothes. Handmade, with love and swear words, by me.