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« on: September 12, 2010 12:04:11 PM »

I've been lusting after the Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag pattern for months (if not years), ever since I first saw it posted on Craftster. I bought the pattern earlier in the year, then went on a mission to purchase just the right fabric. In the end, I managed to find some Amy Butler decorator weight fabric online, which I had shipped over to the UK from the US (complete with tax and ridiculous Post Office charges), and bought the rest here in London. One thing to note-- haberdashery is reallllly expensive here. Urgh.

I finally set to work, it probably took me a month and a half (in small chunks) to finish it off. I've given my thoughts in detail in a post scheduled to publish on my blog tomorrow, but here's the most important parts:

  • I wouldn't say the pattern is difficult so much as challenging. It gets cumbersome in places, and it's frustrating working with such thick layers, but technically it's not too difficult.
  • I struggled with the piping. My zipper foot doesn't let me crowd it as closely as I'd like- I think next time, I might look at investing in a piping foot.

  • I found that the non-interfaced section of the large exterior pockets skewed when I stitched the top. I can't work out why- has anyone else had this problem? The only thing I can think of is the fabric feeding through the machine at different weights, in which case I'll use a walking foot next time to try and get it more even. It made basting the large pockets difficult, as the seam allowance was larger than recommended (and therefore hard to hide when adding the piping)

The fabric is from the Amy Butler Nigella range, and I used Timtex rather than Peltex 70 as suggested in the pattern (Peltex isn't available in the UK/Australia, Timtex still is and is the closest equivalent, according to the internet). I'm really happy with how it turned out, I can't wait to take it on my next trip!

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated (particularly any ideas on improving the piping, it was only my first try)!
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010 12:18:38 PM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!  Nice work!! Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010 12:20:08 PM »

What a fantastic bag - well done you.  I agree stuff in the UK can be expensive, and the cost for post and tax/import duty they sometime add is horrendous.
The fabric is gorgeous - I want some Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010 01:38:56 PM »

Awesome job! I've been wanting to make one fo these for a really really long time.

« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010 06:26:16 AM »

Hello stranger Wink
I love the bag, it's fantastic, and the fabric is beautiful Cheesy looks amazing!

(i still use your bag all the time, and no splits at all!) Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010 07:14:24 AM »

absolutely beautiful!!!!!

« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010 09:16:58 AM »

Thanks everyone!! I love it, I want to start packing it now for my trip!

Hello stranger Wink
I love the bag, it's fantastic, and the fabric is beautiful Cheesy looks amazing!

(i still use your bag all the time, and no splits at all!) Tongue

Hello!! That's awesome-- good to hear! I love the bag you made so much Smiley

« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2010 04:33:54 PM »

It's absolutely beautiful.  I love it.  The fabric is perfect.  And, I learned a new word.  I always thought that a haberdashery was a  store for men's clothing and hats.  I googled it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2010 07:35:49 PM »

that bag came out great! I love it!

I  recently got Bulter's new book on handbags (I haven't done any of the projects yet, but they all look so lovely!)

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