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« on: April 04, 2010 05:42:12 PM »

I finally finished my Weekender Travel Bag.  I started it sometime in early December, got about half-way through and then didn't touch it again until yesterday.  I left my job for a new position, and this was one of my things-to-do-while-unemployed-for-a-week projects.  I'm so happy I finished it, as I have a little weekend get-away scheduled for Friday and I can't wait to take this bag along.

I purchased the outer fabric on clearance at Hancock's for less than $5 a yard if I remember correctly.  It was a little difficult to work with, but I love it.  It has all my favorite colors and makes me so very happy.

The pattern instructions are very, very lengthy, which makes the bag seem much more intimidating then it actually is.  They are broken down into very distinct steps.  I found it helpful to check everything off as I went along so I wouldn't miss anything.  I had an older pattern, so I used the modified instructions found on the website.

I would recommend being really comfortable with the zipper foot before attempting this project.   You use it a lot to sew on all that piping!  When I attached the side panels to the middle zippered section, I sewed it twice to reinforce.  The first time was to attach it, the second time was to get as close as I could to the piping.  Use the binder clips as suggested, and go super slow.  It surprisingly isn't as difficult as it seems.

My lining isn't perfect, but since the bag is for me, I don't mind so much.  If I made it again, I might futz with it a bit more.  Overall, I really, really, really love it.  It makes me so happy!

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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010 05:57:11 PM »

I love it!  I have this pattern to.  I just haven't had the time to attempt it.  But with working fewer days soon, this is gonna be one of my projects to do!  Great job!  And glad to hear that someone had a resonabable time asembling it.  I can't wait to start mine now.  Grin

« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010 06:02:03 PM »

That fabric makes me happy too! Looks great. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010 06:41:59 PM »

I am somehow late to the party when it comes to Weekender bags and just found them last week. Since then I have been drooling over them. Sadly I cannot sew for my life, so I will be paying to have one of these made, but I really really admire your ability to put this together.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010 07:55:10 PM »

Its gorgeous!  You did a great job and I LOVE the yellow zipper!
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2010 09:10:57 PM »

this was really well constructed, I love the pattern!  Those colors and the print is right up my alley too!

WIST it up babee...WIST and shout!!
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2010 10:57:30 PM »

I love your bag! it looks so roomy and I love the fabric! great job!

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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010 09:55:07 AM »

I love it! The fabric/zipper choice is perfection. You are so brave to take this project on. I've always wanted to try it but I find Amy Butler's patterns so overwhelming. So glad you stuck to it and shared the awesome result!

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010 04:00:09 PM »

love it! The fabric is beautiful!

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010 05:35:18 PM »

wow, it looks amazing! i particularly like the zipper choice, it kind of pulls it all together somehow. Congratulations, and enjoy your getaway! Cheesy
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