see here). Its a quilting cotton in gray with silvery dots that give it a cool shimmer. I wanted a light interior so stuff wouldn't hide in the dark.
I cut a piece of the exterior fabric large enough to surround the zipper on all sides. A little interfacing keeps it more rigid when operating the zipper.
attached to the bottom of the inside zipper edge and the other end folded over and then sewn to the top edge.
Here is the placketed zipper completed. The inside is the same fabric.
The other side of the lining is fitted out with a special pocket just for my ever-present iPad.
This is a free-wheeling wavy line I like to do. No, it is not done free-motion. I am a complete dud at that and am not up to practicing and wasting time, thread and fabric. I can echo shapes pretty well too.
Here is the back and you can see what I did. It did give it more heft without weight or stiffness.
I don't back this with anything because the lining will hide it and more fabric would just make the seams bulkier.
I also added a strip of batting inside the straps because I have learned that they are easier on the shoulders if I do. I folded the fabric around it and stitched the webbing over the opening. I like the effect of the little edge of print showing.
Here are two other things I added. This is a loop of wide black elastic sewn into the side seam on the inside. Whatever for you ask! It's my upholder. I can slip my covered cup in there and it stays relatively upright and in place. I wouldn't trust it for a full steaming hot cup of coffee, but it keeps it from drifting to the bottom.
The little organizer bag has a D-ring on the side which attaches to a clip on a ribbon that is sewn into the side seam. Its so easy (at least for me) when traveling and juggling your belongings to misplace something so this is my security.
So here it is packed with one of my essentials for an overnight flight. That red thing is a knitted shawl that cam wrap me up or serve as pillow or armrest or even throw over my head to escape whatever is bugging me.
Ready to go on board. Francine is modeling the last clothing item I made for the trip. Without the folds, this fabric makes you dizzy. I think it looks best under a black jacket. The bottom edge is served and I tuck it up, or in to create whatever length I need.
I will not be posting while away but will return with entries to both of my blogs after October 15. I would love to hear comments but get them in before Oct. 2nd. I screen my comments and that may be difficult while traveling.