I finished my tote!! I'm over-the-top-happy-excited about it.
As I mentioned, I used Anna Maria Horner's Art Student Tote pattern (and I might add here that everyone kept making fun of me because I went around calling it the "art student tote", in place of the plain "my new bag"...). I loved the look of the bag on the front of the pattern, but this time was my first making it.
And look! Not only did I make the biggest bloomin' bag on the pattern, BUT I also made that snazzy extension panel! It really does make this bag fit for lots of things. It's amazingly big.
Even though I figure I never need to give a good reason for making a brand new bag, I will tell you that I'd originally intended it for something in particular. Do you remember my embroidery project??? Well, I have really taken such a HUGE liking - no LOVING - to doing handwork that I need a bag to carry everything around. Speaking of embroidery, I just finished another project that I hope to share soon.
Now. I've come to the conclusion (with help, of course) that this tote might even be a teensy bit too large for my embroidery goodies, so I'm using this as a carry-on-a-trip-tote, and plan on making another Art Student tote - minus the extension panel - for my handwork. Good excuse to pick out more pretty fabric and have another new bag, right?? My thinking exactly. I mean, really, we're talking about the girl that was asking for purses and bags for her birthday before she was 7 years old.
So, I'm planning on carting around this lovely on our upcoming vacation. It should house a couple of books, notebook and pens, red and white mints, and a needlepoint tapestry project.