A few weeks ago I hit jackpot at a local thrift store. Three pairs of jeans for under $50. Oh yea, that’s what I’m talking about! Just like every other pair of jeans I’ve ever tried on, they were all too long. Sidenote: how is it that I’m 5’3″, average size yet it is nearly impossible to find pants that actually FIT?! Anyone else run into this, or have I hit a lifetime streak of bad-jean-luck?? Anyways, I digress…
Tonight I finally had a chance to hem these puppies so I whip out my sewing machine and embark on my standard three-step hemming process. It looks a little something like this:
Step 1: put on jeans, stand in front of mirror and fold extra pant leg material under
Step 2: c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y take off said jeans [as to not to adjust the fold]
Step 3: sew a standard straight stitch approximately 1/2″ from the bottom of my newly made crease
Voila! I now have a pair of pants that won’t drag on the floor! I managed to complete all three pairs within the hour.
For those of you who have a knack for sewing you may have noticed I skipped a step or two. Actually, per this hemming tutorial I skipped a whopping 6 steps! Personally, this does not faze me one bit. Yes, the seams on my pants are admittedly uneven sometimes. Also, I must confess I accidentally create a pair of Capri pants from time to time [read: high waters]. The thing is, the idea of following such precise steps sounds dreadful. The measuring, the pinning, the ironing. When in the end, we achieve the same goal: shorter pants.
This lack of precision is something I’ve discovered recently and it came as quite a surprise. I do love me some detail & organization. To-do lists. Excel spreadsheets. Organizing books by height and fine tuning my finances. I love all of it. So for most of my life I assumed I was a detail oriented person through and through. It has since been revealed that this knack for detail does not touch all areas of my life. I am still in the process of discovering what details are in and what details are out. It’s an interesting journey. For example: I will scour the grocery store looking for the best deals. Down to the penny. However, when it comes time to cook my grocery store finds I rarely use a recipe. Last week I walked into my kitchen aiming to bake a dessert. We ended up with something I’ve dubbed Apple Delight. It consists of Bisquik, milk, sugar, cinnamon and diced apples. Tossed in the oven around 375* until it looked done. Amazing.
So what is it for you? What do you fine tune? Likewise, what are details that get tossed out the window?