I had wanted to try this project for awhile. There was this post Heels wrote a few weeks ago. And some fabric that Stephanie had given me. Last week's do-nothingness needed a good kick in the pants and this was exactly the thing I needed to do.
It is not a difficult pattern to sew, but it has loads of steps and teeny tiny printing which left plenty of room for mistakes. Which I made. Heel's post included links to beautiful projects and lots of good advice. Yes, the bottom panel is to big to fit around the bag. Yep, that timtex is a b****. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, it is a great good plan to go ahead and hand-baste the final pieces together (the more pins, the more blood. The more hand-basting, the less blood, the less cursing, the better it all comes together). I have one final bit of advice-- to wrap all the cording I used 1/4 inch fusible tape to close up all my strips. It was the first step and I was having a terrible time getting everything to stay-put in my machine, so out came the steam-a-steam and my iron. Things started looking up immediately. And there was one less stitching line to worry about hiding. The lining is a cotton-linen blend, that might have been a little too stretchy for the immovable timtex interfacing (which is a bit like cardboard). And it ended up being a little too yellow (I was hoping to make the white pop a bit more, and stay more Hawaiian airlines and less old lady on a train).
There are other things I'd like to fix-- but I won't list them here, lest I lead anyone down the garden path of ill-construction. It's not a cheap undertaking, and I would go ahead and try it out on something not too precious if you're unsure. If you have more questions, comment and I'll do my best to answer.
I am really happy with how it came out. I think I did the best job I was capable of. And it's FINISHED! Which is huge, and just what I needed to spur me out of this end-of-summer funk I've been rolling around in. Here's to Craft as Good Medicine! Hip Hip!
Edited to say: I am a HUGE fan of old ladies on trains.