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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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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009 10:01:30 AM »

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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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2009 08:28:33 AM »

There were quite a number of pieces, but my solution to that was pinning pieces of paper on them with what they were and what step they went with, then stacking them in the order they go in. That way you knew you were almost finished when your stack was getting near the bottom!
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2009 09:42:00 AM »

I love how this turned out.  It's very encouraging to my desire to make a weekender bag.  However, I'm very picky about the fabric and have yet to find something that makes me need to shell out cash for it.  *le sigh*
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2009 12:00:17 PM »

No kidding! That was what was holding me back to. I had it in the back of my mind that The Weekender just had to have at least the exterior made out of Amy Butler fabric! Luckily the fabric store I bought it from had a coupon for 40% off a single cut of fabric over Christmas and I thought "I know what I'm getting!" I also changed certain things to make the yardage I had work. For instance: The handles and the piping (*shudder*) is to be of the lining fabric. Instead I did the handles of the exterior fabric and picked a solid color that matched the blue in the fabric for the piping (which a fat quarter is plenty for if that is all you are using it for, just as long as you follow the directions for cutting the strips outlined in the pattern).
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2009 03:27:49 PM »

Very nice! It looks quite professional. It's also nice to meet a fellow VB fan.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009 05:38:02 AM »

Okay, I love seeing people make this bag.  Now, where do i get Amy Butler fabric?  Seriously, I don't get it.  I only have a Joann's fabric store around here. 
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2009 06:53:55 PM »

awesome fabric and well done
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2009 07:14:46 PM »

I got my Amy Butler fabric from a quilt shop in my area. I miss Joann's though  Cry The closest one to me now is about 2 hours away!
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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2009 02:41:21 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2009 12:45:20 PM »

This bag looks great.  I soooo want to make this bag, and have had the pattern for awhile, but as others have said - I find it intimidating.  Maybe I need to start working on my own motivational speech!
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2009 05:25:32 PM »

I too am so intimidated by the Amy Butler patterns and I've been around for years......You Gals all sound so young and it's remarkable what talents you have accomplished in your short lives. Do they still teach Home Ec, in school?
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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2009 11:16:31 PM »

When I went to high school Home Ec was actually considered an elective class and not a required course and by my Senior year Home Ec was only for the pregnant girls and nobody else was allowed to take it. Lucky for me though my mom has always been sewing and made my sister and my clothes for years when we were growing up. I remember getting for Christmas when I was 5 a My Little Pony sewing machine that was battery operated. It took me 2 months to make a 4 patch potholder that my mom still has in her memory chest.
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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2009 05:29:16 AM »

amazing job!! this reminds me of something from Roxy
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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2009 09:00:50 AM »

You did a great job, it's wonderful!  I love this bag.  Yeah, it's a big project but if you can read instructions and have some sewing skills and a decent sewing machine that can handle sewing thru thicknesses, it's very doable.  I was intimidated, too, but I really, really wanted one, so I just took my time and waited until DH was out of town so I could devote myself to it and it came together nicely. 

Love your fabrics, it's very handsome!
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