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Posted on:2/4/14 6:41 PM
Project Photo:Amy Butler: AB021WT by degnancy

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Amy Butler Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 11 people   
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Fabric:Brocade  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag. The perfect carry-all bag for your next getaway! It's a zipped small suitcase with four exterior pockets and enough room inside to pack for a weekend getaway: hence the name!

Pattern Sizing:
14 inches¯ wide across the top of the bag and 17 inches wide across the bottom x 14 1/2 inches tall x 7 1/2 inches¯ deep

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much, yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Holy cow! They were actually very comprehensive, but there were many steps and lots of words. It's pretty easy to get lost if you aren't paying close attention. Luckily, I made the bag in a sewing class at Hart's Fabric. Between the teacher and the other students, I kept on track pretty well.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The finished product is very nice and really, truly looks like a small suitcase. It will replace my reprehensible travel bag very nicely indeed. There are lots of opportunities to play with pretty fabrics and to add little touches to tailor the bag to your needs and desires.

This isn't exactly a dislike, but as Amy Butler has you construct it, I found this bag challenging to manipulate. You interface the bejeesus out of it, which makes for a nice end result, but it's tough to work through the sewing machine. If I hadn't had our teacher, Katrina, holding my hand, I might have thrown in the towel at a couple of points.

Fabric Used:
Home dec fabric, woven interfacing and peltex, which is a super-supportive interfacing that makes the finished bag stand on its own.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added two pockets to the interior, one sized for all my charging cords I travel with and the other for tickets/reservations and so forth. I added D-rings to the ends so that I can snap on a shoulder strap if I need to schelp the bag through endless train terminals or across parking lots. I also added little feet to the bottom of the bag to (I hope) keep it off dirty floors and sidewalks.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If you'd asked me this question as I was cutting out the many, many pattern pieces, or forcing the thickest parts of the assembly through my feed dogs, I would have said "no."¯ But the end product is very nice. I haven't test-travelled with it yet, but it looks like it will work well. I might try it again with slightly less beefy interfacing. I would recommend it to others who are up for a challenge and are in the market for a nice, small suitcase.

Conclusion:
This pattern produces a nice, small suitcase that doesn't look homemade. There are lots of chances to unleash your creativity. Just don't rush yourself, and maybe schedule a nice hand-and-shoulder massage towards the end of the project.

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madbadger said...
What an awesome bag! Your hard work really paid off - excellent review too!
2/4/14 7:44 PM
quitereasonable said...
This is a great review. I've been wondering about it.
2/4/14 8:11 PM
Scheri said...
Great review on a cute bag. Thank you.
2/5/14 0:17 AM
goosegreen said...
I know how hard this bag is to make so congratulations on making it through! It looks fabulous.
2/5/14 5:21 AM
cindyann said...
Great bag and your fabrics are lovely. Gold star for completing this project. It really is difficult to make.
2/5/14 9:12 AM
ASiverson said...
LOVE this bag. TFS!
2/5/14 9:22 AM
cboots said...
What a beautiful job you did on this. Looks awesome!
2/5/14 9:25 AM
CraftAddict said...
This is very nice! I've had this pattern for a couple of years and haven't tackled it yet.
2/5/14 9:55 AM
atymonw said...
Love your bag, and your great review! I have the pattern but haven't committed to it yet;)
2/5/14 10:45 AM
Marie67 said...
Great looking bag, and sophisticated colours - really professional finish. Thanks for an excellent review.
2/6/14 6:20 AM
lauraborealis said...
You did a beautiful job!
2/6/14 3:33 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
I'm impressed! very stylish… fun to read review as well.
2/6/14 8:15 PM
Sue Parrott said...
Your bag looks great! I made one too quite a while ago and agree, manipulating the whole thing with all the interfacing is such a pain!
2/9/14 9:53 AM
 
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