Hi there! I hope you all had a nice Mother's Day weekend. Mine was great! We took some time to unplug and unwind a bit. I FINALLY made The Sophia Carry All from Amy Butler's pattern. I've had the pattern for years and have pulled it out several times and then put it away. I cut the pattern pieces out long ago and had some of Amy's Midwest Modern fabric I was planning to use for it. Then while searching for tips and such for the carry all I came across this Weekender bag that My Sewcial Hour made a few years ago. It was gorgeous, I fell in love with the fabrics, and I knew I wanted to make my bag with them.
This bag is a lot of work and I took the suggestions of some of the people who had made it by cutting the pieces one day and sewing another day. There is A LOT of interfacing in this project. I found the directions to be very straight forward and the diagrams were great. I love the way she has you install the zipper. That was fun. Some people left the piping on the bottom panel off but I kept it. I really like the way it looks. And although there are lots of layers to sew through, and mine did not turn out great, I am happy with it. My lining was a little (a lot) saggy too. But still happy with it! Another thing I modified was to make the handles longer so I could carry it over my shoulder.
This bag holds so much, too! I think it is supposed to be a travel bag and companion to The Weekender Bag. I am using it as my everyday bag / purse. I'm a mama of 4. I keep a lot of stuff in my purse so this bag is great!