Saturday, January 20, 2007


The bag on the right is correct; the bag on the left has a boo-boo. I don't know why I had in my head that those straps should connect *across* the bag instead of *along* the bag, but I did. I thought it was a little weird to carry, but it wasn't until I was making the second one that the lightbulb went on. But the truth is, there are NO illustrations of the finished bag in the instruction guide; the only sketch of the finished product is on the back of the envelope. When I finally hunted the envelope down (it was still on the cutting table) and saw that yes, those straps are to connect on the same side I was seriously embarrassed.

Ok, so I did it correctly on L's bag...then I wondered what to do about K's bag...the one on the left. Should I just call it 'an alternative arrangement' and give it to her? Or...unpick all the topstitching and the seams and redo the straps?

I haven't been following Summerset's adventures with the American Beauty set for nothing; I absorbed the lesson of Three Linings and was awestruck. So, with that as my example, I spent about half an hour last night with the seam ripper and fixed it.

Now my conscience is clear. ;)


  1. Lisa,

    I made a couple of the L.H. Weekender bags this summer and had the same kind of wonderings without any clear illustration of the bag. My two bags (also made as gifts) had a similar finished look as yours do! Yes, I would feel better about fixing the one bag as you did. It is often amazing to me how little time things can sometimes take to correct when it comes right down to it. Once again, I love reading your blog. I could easily be a 2 a.m. to 9 or 10 am'er too, if I had a schedule that fit into that mold!

  2. Thanks Lisa! Now I know my efforts have not been in vain - there is a greater purpose!

    For the record, yes, I'd have picked out the whole thing, done them right and restitched. Believe me, you won't kick yourself everytime you see your friend with her "alternative bag".