Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Amy Butler Weekender Bag- Part 3- Finished!
The part I had the most trouble with believe it or not was the lining! There was a lot of fabric to take up at the corners, and I knew I would never get a smooth corner. So I made little pleats instead and it worked out quite nicely. Once your lining is complete, you're supposed to put it inside the exterior shell and reach into the bag and handstitch the corners of the lining into place using the seam allowances. This felt awkward to me, so I didn't do it. I went back at the very end and stitched in the ditch at the corners to sew the lining to the exterior.
Can I just say I absolutely destest hand sewing. Ugh. I think this is why I don't quilt. I will avoid hand sewing at all costs. However, there just doesn't seem to be a way to get the lining into this bag without hand sewing. If Amy couldn't figure it out, then I'm sure there's no way to do it. So I sat and handstitched the lining into the bag while hubby watched his netflix pic Star Trek (I don't know which was worse, the hand sewing or the movie!). After an hour of swearing under my breath and a few pokes, I finally finished.
To re-cap, here are some tips that really made this easier for me:
*Use a basting stitch for laying in the zipper before stitching
*Use the small size binder clips for thick layers instead of pins
*Definitely use Stitch Witchery for making the cording
Here are the changes and modifications I made from the pattern:
*Reduced the overall size 15%
*Added interior pockets
*Kept the handles the same size as the original size. This gave me long enough straps to carry over my shoulder comfortably.
If you're planning on reducing the size of the pattern, not all of the pattern pieces are on the pattern layout page. For example, the directions will tell you to cut bottom pieces "x" inches by "x" inches rather than printing them on the pattern page. There are about a handful of pattern pieces that she does this for. So reducing the pattern page alone will not give you all the pieces you need to make the bag at the new reduced size. You will have to draw the other pattern pieces by hand (they are all rectangles, so it's not difficult) and then reduce them so that all the pattern pieces are reduced the same amount.
*There is no pattern layout for the fusible interfacing. You're left to figure it out yourself.
*This bag is heavy when it's finished. All the interfacing really adds up and even at the reduced size, sadly it's not a bag I will want to carry every day.
*I wish I could have found a zipper long enough with two zipper pulls that meet in the middle at the top of the bag. That way I wouldn't have to open it all the way just to retrieve a pen or my chapstick.
If you're sewing this bag or want to and have any questions, please feel free to email or ask in the comments, I'd be glad to help you if I can.
Things to do:
*Amy Butler Weekender Bag- check, done!