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Pattern Reviews> Amy Butler> AB021WT (Weekender Travel Bag)

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Posted on:1/25/08 11:09 PM
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Mufffet said... (8/11/09 9:42 AM) Reply
Thanks for this review....let it remind me why I don't want to sew bags!
NancyDaQ said... (8/7/09 4:49 PM) Reply
Cute bag, but I'd never be able to look at it again after all that grief.
squirrellypoo said... (8/7/09 11:26 AM) Reply
Every single mention of this pattern I've ever seen has read like this, and because of it, I swore to never, ever touch this bag, no matter how tempting! There's a very similarly shaped and sized bag in the Aug 09 KnipMode that I'm making right now that I'm hoping will be a less stressfull alternative! Congratulations on finishing, but I hope you can stil look at it without feeling pained!!
nancia said... (2/2/09 5:01 AM) Reply
I just love this bag, soooooo much, despite all the troubles - its unique. congratulations. I will save a weekend and try it one day.
JMarie1962 said... (2/16/08 10:37 PM) Reply
I have to say your bag looks awesome. I love your fabric choices and combinations. I would love to make this bag - despite all your warnings :) It's just too cute to pass by. Thanks for your review!
Warbler said... (2/12/08 11:42 PM) Reply
Your are a super sewist to have stuggled and won in the end! I made this pattern too and started out with twill... I have since I recut the pattern in a nice quilting cotton so it went together more easily. I had very fatugued hands tho'. Great review! I also sewed the Frenchy x 2 and now cutting the Sofia with coordinating fabric to my Weekender. I love the two bags together!
Hooptastic said... (2/6/08 4:15 PM) Reply
LOL! I totally feel your pain and frustration. Thanks for passing on the information on your experience in such a refreshing manner. I loved this review, even through I felt your pain while reading it.
mewiththree said... (2/6/08 3:23 PM) Reply
this is precisely why I visit this site frequently! Thank you for the review! I can absolutely feel your frustration through reading it. I have been there several times and you are totally correct, this sort of thing is why items that start out with such promise end up becoming UFO's! Thanks for saving so many people hours of frustration and potentially hundreds of dollars. Or at least warning them of what they are getting into! The bag looks beautiful, and I'm so impressed you actually finished it! I would have chucked it long ago and opted for the Coach or D&B! :) You know what, maybe you should get yourself one! You certainly deserve it!
Reggies Mom said... (2/5/08 3:37 AM) Reply
Glad you persevered because it came out super cute. I've been meaning to make this for my sis for over a year, but always chickened out. Even though I'm more nervous than ever I think I might try to tackle it. Hey, you did it and lived to tell about it! ;-) Thanks for the review.
purplepolowraps said... (1/31/08 6:13 PM) Reply
i'm sorry you had such a lousy time putting it together. but it turned out super cute! ;o)
Birdie757 said... (1/29/08 7:23 AM) Reply
I am a Sophia Carry-all grad and I feel your pain. I really only had problems with the piping on the bottom of the bag and will eliminate it if I make it can't really see the bottom anyways and I would rather have no trim than sloppy trim. After hearing that it broke your machine though I might just count my lucky stars that I escaped with only a few broken needles and sore forearms...and stash this pattern in the back of my pile. You bag is truly lovely though...I love the fabric.
CynthiaSue said... (1/28/08 3:43 PM) Reply
Marsha G. you are too sweet. That's a great posting because people who want to sew the bag now have a few options to still try it. Thank you!
Marsha G. said... (1/27/08 10:20 AM) Reply
Oh Cindy! You deserve a medal for perseverance, and it would seem that anyone else who has struggled with this pattern should join the ranks also! I agree with everyone else that the finished bag is truly lovely. Use it, use it, use it OR give it away as a gift if it is really too upsetting to relive the stress. On a related note, even though the piping adds a lot to the detail, is there some way to eliminate it all together, perhaps using a flat braid trim or ribbon or bias strip sewn just inside the seam allowances, which would add definition to the edges without adding bulk?? OR, could you use a folded bias strip as insertion, without the cord normally used in the piping?? It sounds like the biggest problem everyone has had is the bulk at the piping seams. The bag itself is a great size and perhaps there's some way around the bulk issue. Not having sewn it myself, I don't know what other bulk issues there might be; perhaps there is fleece backing in the seams also?? At any rate, you did a wonderful job, even amidst many trials, and you should be very proud of yourself!
mrs quickly said... (1/26/08 11:53 PM) Reply
Thanks for the honest review. I like Amy's bags but will steer clear of this one as well as the Sophia. Your persistence paid off though, you have a supper cute bag. Wear it until it falls to pieces!
marjenann said... (1/26/08 6:20 PM) Reply
What a bummer!!! So sorry your machine took a beating on this bag. Seriously, that fabric is gorgeous!! I hope you can enjoy toting this baby around!!! It is adorable!
Mary Stiefer said... (1/26/08 4:26 PM) Reply
Your persistence paid off because it's a beautiful bag. However, that being said, I'm glad you wrote an honest review and I will steer clear of this one. Thanks again
MelissaB in WA said... (1/26/08 12:14 PM) Reply
Oh it's a painful bag to make - I totally agree! Congrats on finishing it - you must bring it to PR weekend and show it off. I'm sorry it turned out to be such an expensive project, but don't let the allow you not to enjoy the end result. Beautiful bag!!!!!
cindyann said... (1/26/08 12:13 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for this review! I have been wanting to make this but was afraid that it might just be to frustrating. You have convinced me that it's just not worth it. LOL So sorry that it "cost" so much. It sure is a nice bag and I love that you matched up the pattern on the pockets.
Sewingmi said... (1/26/08 11:03 AM) Reply
Boy, it really did turn out beautifully...too bad some of these pattern makers don't take into account the kind of sewing machines people have at home. Good review!
Heatherrique said... (1/26/08 10:23 AM) Reply
Great looking bag! Oh Cindy, sorry for the troubles you went through! Thanks for the heads up on this pattern!
Sigrid. said... (1/26/08 10:12 AM) Reply
Another one who is greatful for the honest review and warning. I'm postponing making the Sophia bag, and have this pattern too, and now know it is definitely a difficult thing. But your bag is beautiful!
Babs42 said... (1/26/08 9:17 AM) Reply
Thanks for the warning! I have the Sophia Carry All and have heard how hard they are to sew. I will definitely heed the warning! Your bag turned out great btw, but I agree it was not worth the trouble or the price.
leanmeansewingmachine said... (1/26/08 8:49 AM) Reply
My first impression was what a cute bag and such cook fabric. You must have a lot of patience! Then I read the review and from now on I will consider you "super sewist"!! I really think it's a great bag. Hopefully you'll be able to look past the pain and put it to good use.
rockontinyrebel said... (1/26/08 8:24 AM) Reply
I have had this pattern for a while and it's never made it to the top of my list. Thanks for helping to set my expectations. I hope that you carry the heck out of this bag. Your sure did work hard for it!
Lori V said... (1/26/08 7:20 AM) Reply
The bag is gorgeous, sorry it is so high price. I have made this bag once and totally understand your frustration. It is so nice when done but very hard to do.
Ronda Rae said... (1/26/08 5:55 AM) Reply
I'm sorry for the frustrations this caused you. :-( I made it several years ago and yes, it is a frustrating pattern. Funny thing is; I've started on my second one last night. I just finished the piping. This time I am using quilting cotton. We'll see if that makes a difference. Wish me luck- this is my weekend project!
Markie1 said... (1/26/08 4:23 AM) Reply
Thank you for this honest review. I bought this pattern to make and have read several reviews for it--all of which have expressed some form of frustration or physical pain! But most have said it was worth the struggle. However, I'm now officially done with my hopes for making this bag--EVEN THOUGH yours is lovely (I love the matching dog-walking girl--well done!) But this seems to come under the "life's too short" category. Sewing shouldn't make you cry... TOO often!
Huldra said... (1/26/08 4:10 AM) Reply
Well, the bag looks great. I hope you're going to use it so much that you forget how horrible it was so sew. :)
Marji said... (1/26/08 3:05 AM) Reply
Will you ever be able to use it without resentment? It's great looking. I'm so sorry to hear of all the troubles. And to think that this is the bag I've been contemplating for my accessory if I manage to enter the wardrobe contest. Might have to rethink this one.
Margie T said... (1/26/08 1:10 AM) Reply
Your bag looks great. I'm glad you didn't throw it away!
SarahSM said... (1/25/08 11:40 PM) Reply
Well, what can I say---congratulations on finishing! But I totally understand your sentiment about how some things are meant to remain unfinished.
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