I finished it… just!!!
I battled through the layers, broke my foot pedal in the process, but made it to the end. I may need to tidy up a few little bits, as my control via the start/stop button is a little lacking, but hey, you want to see it?!
I made a couple of alterations to the pattern; inserted a thick interfacing to the base to give it a little more structure, and did not attach the long strap slider in the end, because, to be honest, on all the bags I have made with a slider, once on, the slider has never been slid! Having added thick fusible fleece to the main length for comfort, I attached a couple of non-wadded tabs to the ends of the long strap, to both increase the length, and also allow me to sew though the layers securely. I didn't make it detachable, I didn't see the point.
My inside side lining panels are pieced, due to running out of the main lining fabric, but I like the look with the accent fabric. I also didn't topstitch right the way round the ends, because of the bulk, especially at the inside pocket corners, which for me, made it impossible.
I love how it turned out, even if there are areas which, with a more powerful machine, I may have been able to improve upon. But it is what it is, and I will use it with pride.
Its first over-nighter will be the Brownie Pack Holiday, I'm all about the glamourous lifestyle me!
Some deets for those who like to know...
Betsy Travel Bag - Kristi McDonough Schnitzel & Boo
Made with Cotton & Steel and Melody Miller linen (outer)
Quilting weight lining - C&S and Kona solids
Yarn Dyed Essex linen accent fabric
Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 40wt