Sister's Summer Bag Numero Dos is completed. As soon as I got back to Albany I hunkered (?) down and sewed it up. Good thing too, because with the Olympics starting and having no TV in the sewing room I probably would have delayed its completion by a few more weeks in favor of watching water polo, fencing and other sports I really don't care about at all but feel compelled to watch every four years.
So this is the infamous Birdie Sling by Amy Butler. I read up on reviews + comments from the Amy Butler flickr group and also sewing.patternreview.com before I started to see if there were any major adjustments I should make. The general consensus was that this pattern yielded a LARGE bag, typical of the exaggerated sizes of most Amy Butler patterns. And it is indeed large, but it is meant to be and I think it's a good size for throwing in everything you could possibly want on a late summer day... wallet, phone, book/magazine, sunglasses, sunscreen for us pale Irish folk, mints, a rubber chicken... ya know, whatever.
The pattern was clear and easy to follow. I heard some folks had some trouble on making the guessets, but as they are the secret to my green bag pattern, I didn't have a tough time with them. The pattern called for fusible fleece, which I couldn't find, so I got regular sew-in fleece and it turned out just fine.
The trouble I had was with the wide woven fusible interfacing (SF-101 by Pellon). #1 it was pricier than the interfacing I usually use. #2 I couldn't iron it to lay flat with the fabric-- it kept puckering and getting sloppy. Not cool. But if that's the only problem I had with the whole project, I'll take it.
I cut the depth of the large pocket in half so that you could find things a bit easier in it, and added a velcro closure to it for storing personals that you don't want spilling out all over the sidewalk. I also divided the smaller pocket into a small phone-sized section and two pencil/pen pockets.
It takes as much time to cut out the pattern pieces as it does to sew them, at least it did for me. I hate cutting out pattern pieces.