Picture overload here friends. Consider yourself warned. I am just so thrilled with this bag. I stayed up till midnight last night, hand sewing the lining into the bag and I had a hard time getting to sleep afterwards because I was so excited to be finished and that it looks great.
I definitely feel like I am behind the times when it comes to sewing the trends- and getting into sewing the Weekender is definitely an example of that! I know I was intimidated- people really make a big deal about how difficult it is to sew this bag. But it's not that bad, honestly! I would even do another one.
I did English paper piecing for this outside hexagon panel ages ago and it sat for a long time. Completing this long-standing WIP feels so good!
This finish coincides with the May Le Challenge link-up with the theme word, "Blossom." There are lots of floral fabrics included in this bag but my favorite is this older Melody Miller linen weight fabric shown between the handles in this picture. I have a friend who told me she doesn't really like flowers in fabrics and I was surprised: that's definitely a difficult motif to avoid in fabric! Luckily I love them.
In this post, I listed many tips about making the weekender. The only thing I would change is that I would encourage you to make your own piping. The piping designated in the pattern is much chunkier than the store bought piping and makes a bigger statement. Making my own piping this time around was easy. Now I am going to make my own for my daughter's dress- it's not hard!
This typewriter square was the impetus for the color scheme of this bag. I won it in an IG giveaway.
On my last Weekender, I waited way too long to make and install the lining. With this bag, I basically told myself I couldn't do anything else until this bag was truly D-O-N-E. Here are the lining fabrics I chose from my stash:
I installed an interior zipper pocket - something that will definitely come in handy I hope! I used instructions for how to do so via the Noodlehead 241 pattern- I definitely like her method.
Linking up to Finish it up Friday and Le Challenge.