I’ve been working on the My Paris Traveler’s Bag by Fig Tree patterns for about a week now, mostly because I haven’t had the time to sit and finish it.
I decided to use some gorgeous Alexander Henry Sew Now Sew Wow fabric that I bought in Richmond, Va., at Quilting Adventures. The main print is home dec weight and I’m totally in loooove. (I’ve got more things to show off that I’ve made with the quilting weight version of the fabric, but I’m not quite ready to share it.)
I used a red and white polka dot from Joann’s for the handles, some red binding for the pocket and three of the Alexander Henry coordinates — Perfect Pattern in white on black, black on white and white on pink — for the gusset and lining/lining gusset.
OK, I totally love the bag and am so glad I made it. It’s HUGE. My 6+ foot son is holding it in the photo and I’ve got it stuffed with three pillows to fill it out.
The pattern has problems. The instructions call for the gusset and lining gusset to be cut 42″ long but there was a strip of paper inserted into the envelope that corrected it to 38″. Guess what? The gussets were both too short. I ended up making corner pleats in the body and body lining panels to make it work. I just checked the Fig Tree web site and it corrects the gusset length to 40″. Wish I’d checked before I cut but I thought the insert WAS the correction. I also found the cutting instructions a little confusing. I ended up cutting the main lining pieces sideways because of the way the measurements were presented in the pattern.
Overall, I thought the bag came together fairly easily, even with the 24″ zipper and off cutting instructions. And it’s a great size for an overnight/weekend bag, so I’m sure it’ll get a lot of use. Plus I totally love the fabric and think the bag is very “me.”