Thanks to Katie loaning me her pattern for the birdie sling, I have started another Amy Butler bag. I went to Strawberry Patches yesterday to peruse the fabric selection. Suzanne helped me find a great mustard yellow/grey combo.
Amy Butler Optic Blossom
Holly Holderman Bubbles
Amy Butler Modern Martini
The first two fabrics I bought at Strawberry Patches, but they didn't have the last one so I ordered it. I am using the Optic Blossom for the exterior of the bag, the Modern Martini for the handles and band, and the Bubbles for the interior.
I also am incapable of following a pattern exactly. I read through the dimensions of the bag and it sounded absolutely huge. I resized it and made new pattern pieces. I also decided to include a magnetic clasp, a zippered pocket, and I resized the large pocket so that I can use it for bottles or sippy cups.
Yesterday, I cut out the pieces, attached the interfacing, basted the pleats in the exterior, and sewed the pockets into the interior panels. I was really impressed with myself for making a zippered pocket because I had never done that before. I found a great tutorial on jcaroline creative that showed how to do it. Now I am stuck waiting until the Modern Martini fabric arrives, at which point I can construct the band and handles and finish the bag. I can't wait to see what it looks like.