Awhile back Abby from Sew Much Ado posted a picture on Instagram of a bag she had made from a new pattern she was working on. I have needed to replace my purse for awhile and really wanted to make something myself. I had drawn out some sketches for a bag, but there’s so much work involved in creating a pattern for a bag with lots of pockets. I was thinking I was never going to get to it. Then, when I saw her picture it was almost exactly what I had been envisioning, probably even better. I told her I would love to be a tester for the pattern if she needed one and lucky me, I got the opportunity.
The new pattern is the Airdrie Bag and it is even better than I had hoped from that initial picture I saw on Instagram. This bag looks great on the outside, but when you open it up it’s breathtaking. There are so many pockets and everything is lined. This is a workhorse of a bag; strong and sturdy with every little detail you could have thought of and some.
After putting together the bag it’s so obvious Abby must have spent so much time working on this pattern. Everything fit together perfectly and the directions with photos made the process easy to follow. The bag does take some time. There’s 19 different pattern pieces and many of them involve the main fabric, lining fabric, lightweight interfacing and fusible fleece. It took me a week to finish the bag working on it 2-3 hours a day. That included time prewashing/ironing the fabric, printing out the pattern, taping the pattern together, cutting and sewing, as well as the extra time I took since I was testing the pattern. I’m a bit of a slow sewer though, I have 3 young kids that like to interrupt me. The other testers and Abby said it takes about 6 hours for the actual sewing time. I would say that’s a pretty accurate time if you aren’t constantly getting interrupted.
For my bag, I used a caramel colored duck cloth I already had in my stash with accents of a striped uphostery fabric. The stripe fabric is very thick, so there were some spots that were difficult to sew over, but my machine handled it and now I have a very sturdy bag because of the thick fabric. I used a chambray floral print for the lining that I absolutely love. I was nervous about the blue clashing with the warm tones of the exterior bag, but I like how it stands out. I used navy zippers to tie together the interior and exterior and I think it helped quite a bit.
The Airdrie Bag pattern is being released today! This is such a great pattern and I know I’ll be using this bag for a long time. If you are looking for the perfect diaper bag or a good work bag to hold your laptop, planner and everything else, this is your bag.
Thank you to Abby for giving me the opportunity to test your newest pattern! I had never been a pattern tester before and it was so much fun to be a part of something new and see the process before a pattern is released. I hope my feedback was helpful!
Pattern: Airdrie Bag
Designer: Sew Much Ado