2. If you make trousers which are 1" too short and you've only done a 1" hem, they are *not* sortable. No matter what you do, they will never be long enough! You will need to go and buy more fabric and start from the beginning again - making sure to lengthen the pattern. Why I cut 3" off the pattern pieces instead of 2" is beyond me! What a numpty!!
3. When you make the new pair of trousers (with longer legs!!), press the creases in before you sew the fronts to the backs. It's much easier to get the creases exactly where they should be! I'd forgotten about this and don't know what reminded me about it but, boy, I was chuffed to remember it! It's a much less fiddly way of getting the creases pressed! In case you want to try it, fold your trouser piece with WRONG sides together lining up the side seam and inside seam edges. Press the creases in. Repeat for both front pieces and both back pieces.
4. When you decide to clean the fluff out of your overlocker, you must NOT think "I wonder what will happen if I unscrew these screws?". Instead of a 10 minute job, it took fully 2 hours to get the machine back together and working properly. At one point both Douglas and I were both holding screwdrivers puzzling out what part fell out when that screw was unscrewed and where it went back in. Learn from this. Do NOT remove screws if you don't know what they're for!
5. The best thing I learned this week was, if you really take your time with something - no matter how much you want to rush to finish it - it will turn out fabulously. Case in point, my new brown/pink floral needlecord Archer shirt.
Aren't the buttons fab? They match the colour of the flowers perfectly!
I love it!