A word of warning, don't go on twitter when your feeling you want to make something but aren't sure you have the skills, I've been wanting to make a weekender bag since they all started appearing on blogland but I REALLY do not have the skills but when I saw the Aeroplane bag on Sew Sweetness I was half way to being sold on buying the pattern, wouldn't it be fab for retreat, then Katy and other naughty people namely Helen were talking about them and I thought oh what the hell, I'll buy the pattern and see.
So I'm looking through and the amount of interfacing, pellon, stuff I just can't get hold of here was totally overwhelming, was easily £25-30 for the zips and interfacing even if I bought it in the UK and i'm not the most patient of people lol. I dreamt of aeroplane bags that night and decided I'd take my aunt (who made my wedding dress) to the fabric shop here and see what we could use as alternatives. The same fabric shop that's having a massive sale....
We came home with green canvas, some cream canvas type fabric and I used swimming pool matting lol instead of thermoplus, some thick stand up felt, some woven interfacing, some cotton fabric and the 3 zips :O)
Yesterday I was busy cutting out shapes and I quilted the cotton to give it more strength, it's cotton, swimming pool matting then cream canvas, lol
and made the straps from 2 layers of normal interfacing I had with the canvas
was so annoyed I had to stop to take the boy to football
although it was such a beautiful day
and then I had the physio on my back, grrrr.
Set to at 8pm and made the bases with the thick felt....and then got to actually start the lining wow !!! The interfacing we bought is really thick so I'm not sure how the bag's going to turn out..but the thrilling bit, I managed to make a zippered pocket !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well actually I made two *big grin* this from the girl that had never put a zip in anything before last year's retreat.
Feeling mentally exhausted from the stress of making the bag, I knew I had to stop.
So today I've got french lessons and I'm going to put the darts in, my aunt's coming to help me with the big zip. It's a bit difficult because the bernina hasn't got a walking foot so some of my top stitching is far from even and straight but she's sewing through lots of thick thick layers.
Can I just say this bag is indeed HUGE, it's more like a boat than an aeroplane, this is the long one and no wonder you can fit a sewing machine in there, I'm hoping all my clothes and equipment might get in there for retreat, will make a fab weekend bag.
so that's where I'm at lol...