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« on: January 12, 2009 09:39:20 AM »

I started on Friday and completed The Weekender on Sunday evening. Granted I did stop for an afternoon on Saturday due to frustration. Tongue The only problem I had with this bag was sewing the bottom on. I ripped it out and re-did it twice before it was at a point where it was going to get no better and I could just hand stitch the boo boos. I was very proud that I did not break any needles Grin, but I did break the heads off a lot of straight pins and have some lovely cuts on my fingers from them. Overall this bag was a challenge and patience is key. Also, follow the pattern!!! I do not know how many things I had to rip apart because at the time I thought what the instructions were telling me to do was stupid only to find out there was a logical purpose for them down the road.
The outside:(The picture makes the front seem crooked when in fact it is aligned)

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009 09:53:05 AM »

OH!  I love this!   You did a fantastic job, and I love the fabric.
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All your hardwork paid off!!! It looks fabulous!
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009 10:10:55 AM »

You've done a beautiful job! It looks fantastic, and your fabric choices are beautiful. I must admit I'm scared of this pattern. I have the basic fabric for the bag, but I haven't purchased anything else! What did you use for interfacing? I can't find the stuff she calls for. Again, brilliant bag! You should be proud of yourself!
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009 10:18:02 AM »

I was scared of this bag at first too and my husband thought I was crazy because I was giving all the pieces I cut out and my sewing machine a motivational speech before I started. I found the Timtex that was in the pattern and a little fabric store near where I live, but it was just as expensive as the fabric. Luckily they had the Pellon equivalent which is Pellon 71. When I visited Amy Butler's website and looked at the corrections posted for the weekender, she did name Pellon 70 as an alternative to the Timetex. I didn't use decorator weight fabric, no store in the area had Amy Butler decorator weight, only regular and I wasn't driving an hour and a half to a place that "may" carry it, so I used decor weight Pellon interfacing in lieu of regular interfacing.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009 10:45:27 AM »

Oh, this is adorable! I`m so afraid of the Amy Butler patterns,  a friend gave me one of her books, but I think, her patterns are just not for me Sad
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009 10:55:19 AM »

This is gorgeous.  I have her Sophia pattern but have heard such horrid things about her bag patterns that I am afraid to try it.  Tongue   It's good to know that this can be made in a weekend though.  I want to make one for a friend's bridal shower in April.  What size is the bag IRL?  Could it be used as a carry-on if she took it on a plane?
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2009 11:51:52 AM »

Sure this can be taken on a plane. It came out much bigger than I thought! It is about 15" high x 17" wide x 7" deep. I initially made it for my swimming stuff for school, but when I put the stuff in there it was like an echo in a canyon in there (heeellllooo). I am very excited that I got the Sophia carry-all pattern in the mail today and can't wait to get that started! Hopefully it will be a lot more practical to take to school and fit in a locker!
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2009 12:56:09 PM »

I was scared of this bag at first too and my husband thought I was crazy because I was giving all the pieces I cut out and my sewing machine a motivational speech before I started. I found the Timtex that was in the pattern and a little fabric store near where I live, but it was just as expensive as the fabric. Luckily they had the Pellon equivalent which is Pellon 71. When I visited Amy Butler's website and looked at the corrections posted for the weekender, she did name Pellon 70 as an alternative to the Timetex. I didn't use decorator weight fabric, no store in the area had Amy Butler decorator weight, only regular and I wasn't driving an hour and a half to a place that "may" carry it, so I used decor weight Pellon interfacing in lieu of regular interfacing.

 Grin LOL!  Love the "giving all the pieces I cut out and my sewing machine a motivational speech"  LOL! Grin
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Funny, how it's the fabric and the machine who are the trouble makers and not us!  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2009 05:11:09 AM »

Great Job... It looks wonderful...

I have been thinking about getting that pattern however I am afraid since I have heard so many say it is a pain.. And I hear she has so many pieces....
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