edited from Urban Dictionary
I'm in danger of becoming a "sewing hack". I'm churning out countless garments without stretching my skills or creativity. It's time for a change. Currently, I'm working on another pair of fly front pants. Only this time, I'm using new-to-me techniques from Making Trousers for Men and Women (Coffin, 2009) and from Easy Guide to Sewing Pants (McIntyre, 1998).
The first challenge was a modification on the hip yoke pocket. I based my technique on that described in Easy Guide to Sewing Pants and I extended the pattern piece all the way to the cut edge on the fly extension.
I've done this before and I'll use this modification again, but with a shorter extension. If I'm using self-fabric, the extension doesn't need to be as long as the zipper opening. That just adds more of the bulk I'm trying to remove. Another option would be to use the method described in Making Trousers for the front pockets. The front pockets are made of lining fabric and faced with self fabric only where the facing/lining would be visible. This would also remove bulk.
Next, I wanted to reduce bulk at the waistband. Coffin recommends petersham ribbon rather than self-fabric to face the waistband. Real petersham ribbon (not grosgrain ribbon) wasn't easy to find in the local brick and mortar stores. I found two online sources: Judith M and Vogue Fabrics Online Store.
The petersham makes a great waistband facing. It's firm and provides a good deal of support. I was so eager to sew, I didn't remember to shape the petersham at the ironing board first. This resulted in a little wonkiness on the outside, but it's a negligible wonkiness. I like this technique too, but I need to work on it a little more.
I intend to up my game and try new techniques to avoid becoming a hack. Maybe my mojo occasionally leaves me because it's bored. Instead of blindly following the instructions, I need to look at every project and decide the best way to construct the garment. A funny thing – when researching online for information on the new methods, I found references to books already on my bookshelf! I had all the information I needed to avoid hackiness (hacknicity?), but I wasn't using it. Sewing is a journey and I've been on the same road much too long. I can continue to use familiar methods over and over or I can challenge myself and actually learn something!