My youngest sister (I have three sisters, for I am very lucky!) asked for a weekend bag for her recent birthday, and I kind of jumped at the chance of testing a pattern I’ve had for a few weeks now. I got together with my other two sisters to pick some nice fabrics and notions, then whisked it all away to the UK for some secret sewing.
The pattern I used was by Gingercake, the Make-your-getaway duffle which can be found here. I could have probably drafted my own, but I figured, for $7, I would much rather somebody else did the maths for me 🙂
The pattern worked out pretty well – I only made small changes: the handles were a bit longer, I didn’t do any quilting, and I interfaced the parts which hold the zipper (I figured they’ll be under a bit of strain). Also, I didn’t add a lining, but I interlined instead. I wanted to have small bags on the inside, but I didn’t want that to be visible from the outside. So, I cut some lining pieces, added the pockets, and then treated it as one with the outside fabric. I then hid the seams in some polka-dot bias binding. I also added a big side bag for magazines etc., which I just cut like a side panel, but a bit shorter. I even matched the stripes! It was a very satisfying make – the pattern came together well, it looks nice, and my sister loves it. Score! It’s pretty roomy, but I think still within most european airline regulations for hand luggage, so another win. Without further ado, here are some pictures.
All in all, it worked a lot better than I expected – I already have some materials for another bag for myself sitting on my shelf 😉 Oh, and did you notice it’s not a sewaholic pattern? But hey, I still had somebody holding my hand. Babysteps…