First, wow. I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. With all that's going on, I've had ZERO energy to much of anything - include sleep. Yes, I've been so tired that I can't even sleep through the night - which isn't helping my being tired. Evil, vicious circle. I digress.
That grand plan for a trench coat is still in the works, but it's a slow go. I've sewn a grand total of 30 minutes (at most) over the last week. In the short time that I've had to sew, I got to thinking about my process of making this coat and other projects.
To me, pattern instructions are suggested reading. I follow them most of the time, but not always. For example, the instructions for the trench coat have you construct the front, pockets, back, collar, sleeves, lining, and something else. I started with the back first, then front, then pockets, and am now on the sleeves. In fact, with every coat/jacket I've sewn, I started with the back and worked my way around to the front.
I also don't always cut out all the components in the beginning. The only reason I have lining pieces for this coat cut out now is because I needed them for the inseam pockets. Otherwise, this part would have waited until the whole shell was constructed.
Interfacing? Yeah, that gets put on hold until I need it.
These seems so sporadic and out of order. Am I the only one? Do you sew 'by the book' or not?