Next weekend I’m jetting off to Italy to meet some dear friends for a long overdue girls-only vacation.
Ack! Who am I kidding?!?! That kind of trip is not in the cards just yet. Though it would be lovely to be jetting off anywhere for the weekend, I’ve only got the bag – not the plane ticket.
The pattern is Amy Butler’s Weekender Bag. It was a challenging project for me because it took a perfectionism that I usually don’t have for sewing. But the pattern was clear and easy to understand, especially since I read each step through about a thousand times! Taking the time to get all the details right really paid off, because I love the finished product.
I used fabric that I bought months ago at Hancock Fabrics. I love that it is modern and bold, but the price tag made it even better: $2.00 a yard! I purchased more than enough for two bags. Specifically, the fabric is Laurie Smith for Hancock Fabrics. The exterior print is Zigzag in color Leaf, and the interior, piping and handles are Anemone in color Curry.
The only modification I made was to add interior pockets. They were sewn to the interior lining before sewing the pieces together.
If I make the pattern again, I might add some length to the handles or add a longer shoulder strap. I usually prefer to sling a bag over my shoulder messenger-bag-style. But other than that one change, I’d make it exactly the same.
And just to give you a better idea of how big it is:
Very, very big.
Though there is no exciting trans-Atlantic trip for me yet, I’ll be ready with my groovy Weekender when the time comes.