The Dallas Vintage Duffel for Mr. D

Yeah! Phew, I made it! Finally – the promised travel bag for Mr. D!

Not that he waited since November for me to finish it. Or start it. Ehem.

I promised him to make a travel bag somewhen last year before christmas, and there were so many projects and things in between, that I just did not start this one. At one point in time, when I finally started, I told him that I started and he was like “Oh. This project really exists? I thought it was a myth!” Just for you to know how looong he has been waiting!

So here it is! Tadaaa!

It’s the Dallas Vintage Duffel by Swoon Sewing Patterns and I had some hard time, as it has some challenging parts!

It’s a bit more wonky then I expected, as it is always a bit of suprise how a bag turns out when you replace the interfacing from the pattern with some interfacing that is available in your area – I cheated for the pictures and stuffed the bag with a blanket. But I do not really mind, as a travel bag is allowed to be a bit wonky, I think. All in all I am quite pleased with the result, especially with the piping! I did never do any piping on a curved piece, and I really hate those side panels sewing to a main body tube, and it took quite a while, but I managed it and it is ok, I think!

Do you spot the little tiny crinkles and winkles beneath the webbing? No? Good!

The bag has two handles and an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. This side is the one where I melted the embellishment webbing with the iron and had to cover it with another piece – thankfully you cannot really tell.

New for me was the technique to insert the lining. Swoon lets you assemble the body with the zipper and the lining independently, without any turning gab, and then you put the lining in the main body and attach it by sewing over the first stitching line at the zipper. In that way you don’t have to turn the whole stiff bag and crinkle your material, but you have to be very accurate in your stitching. If you are, the result is a really nice invisible-zipper-like finish, that looks quite professional!

Only the ends of my zipper part are not so accurate.

Don’t look close!

I really like the pattern! The instructions where clear and the pictures (diagrams, no photos) are very precise. It comes in three sizes and I went for the biggest one this time.

And the most important thing: Mr. D likes it. Strike!