Well, so far, I have to say that this Weekender bag isn't quite as scary as I thought it would be...though it did almost deliver a knock-out punch to me today. Well, the bag didn't do it, exactly...it was my own mistake that did it. I made a seriously colossal error, but as Megan was quick to point out, at least I hadn't added the piping on top just yet. See, this bag is supposed to have two handles, one on each side of the bag. For some reason, when I added my handles, I didn't pay close attention to the directions, and I added the handles wrong. Instead of adding one entire handle to each front of the bag, I added one end of each handle to each front of the bag...like so...
Fortunately, I caught this mistake before the piping went on top, and as I texted back and forth with Michelle over my serious error, I realized that I could fix it pretty quickly, so thankfully, I got back on track pretty quickly, and without much tears or cursing, believe it or not.
The biggest, most important thing about this pattern is to read the instructions and to read them carefully. If I could have managed to do that, I would have avoided the biggest whoops I made.
The piping wound up being a lot easier than I anticipated, though I wish the pattern had better described where to stitch on the piping. I definitely sewed a bit too close to the cording, but it's okay, I'll make it work - the thread matches pretty well, so for my first attempt at cording, I'm pretty happy.
I've added the handles and the front pocket so far and the piping to one of the main panels, so it's starting to look a bit like a bag now. I'm up to step 7, and I'll have to stay there for now, as step 8 calls for the special-order zipper I haven't yet received for this bag, so I'll have to set my bag aside for now.
Really, my only feedback for those of you thinking about tackling this pattern is to be careful with cutting the interfacing - the measurements from the pattern are really to the inch - and to take each step slowly. Don't jump ahead, and be patient. Patience doesn't come naturally to me when I sew, so it's been a big-time challenge, and I'm impressed that I've only had to pull out my seam ripper once.
Stay tuned for round 3 when my zipper arrived, which will hopefully be by next weekend!