Construction work has begun on the Amy Butler Weekender bag. I’d been cutting the numerous layers of fabric, interfacing and lining out a bit at a time in the evenings. I took Super Bowl as a sewing opportunity.
Aside #1: the game itself was a bit dull, the ads were eh (Pepsi’s slogan of "brown and bubbly" made me queasy–didn’t they think about that?!?) and it’s sad when the Rolling Stones were a highlight. Now, I don’t like the Rolling Stones, despite a few catchy songs in their 100 year career, but you could tell they were no strangers to arena shows. So props to them for working that huge room. I also liked the parade of MVPs, but I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Also, did that mean that every single MVP is still alive? I lost count.
Right, now back to the crafting. The photo above shows how stiff the Timtex interfacing is. It’s kind of a cross between foam board and fiberglass insulation. But as you can see in the eerie UFO picture of the side of the bag above, that shit works as advertised.
One also spends an awful long time making filled piping and applying to seemingly every edge. You’ll run through alot of thread machine basting here. Really, I had to fill the second bobbin already! Here is the careful piping crossover join at the bottom of the main panel of the bag.
The pattern itself really isn’t hard, so if you want to make one of these go for it! The directions are really detailed–this is annoying to me since I don’t really need that level of detail–just cut to the chase, but if you’ve never made a bag or just not confident, those directions will take care of you.
As you can see, I’ve made a fair amount of progress in one afternoon. The sides are piped and constructed and I began the zipper piece. I should have this puppy done in time to take to Magic in Vegas to tote my crap around in–fashionably of course.