The final score? Me: 1, Weekender: 0
Victory is mine!!! I finished off my Weekender bag yesterday afternoon/evening, and I couldn't be happier about it. I love how it turned out, although there were definitely plenty of bumps along the way. I will probably never ever make another Weekender, but I'm really proud to have finished this bag.
Adding the zipper wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Once I sat down and truly read the directions, without a three-year-old tugging on me or asking me his thousandth question of the day, it made perfect sense.
During evil step #11, I seriously considered giving up a few times, but Megan saved the day when she texted me a handy dandy tip - use clothespins instead of pins or binder clips. That worked infinitely better while trying to sew through multiple layers of Peltex, and I was able to keep going through to the finish line.
Rather than slipstiching the lining by hand, I chose to basically topstitch the lining top panel to the exterior top panel, which worked beautifully for me. I feel like this will be much sturdier in the long run, given that I feel my hand-stitching skills are pretty weak.
This bag is all ready and set to go to the Sewing Summit now! Only problem is, now I'm thinking about making a handy-dandy laptop case to go with it! I'm linking up with Sew Modern Monday today, hop on over to find more modern finishes!