Summit Pack, Day 1

Last week I mentioned that I was getting ready to sew up a new bag pattern, The Summit Pack. So where am I with this project? Cutting. Lots and lots of cutting (and fusing):

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While the photo doesn’t make it look too horrible, there are lots of pieces to be cut out – including several layers of interfacing for each exterior and lining piece. In all, it took me an entire day (probably really a very long afternoon) to get everything cut and fused together.  WHEW!

One thing that I will mention is that how you cut is very important to this bag. Since it has an asymmetrical shape, the lining and the exterior should be mirrored – so be sure to follow the directions on each pattern piece as to how (and how many times) you need to lay out your pattern on your fabric. Also included in the instructions is a handy chart that you can follow to make sure that you’re cutting the correct pieces (and number) from each fabric and interfacing. I found this to be a good reference tool to make sure that I’ve got everything prepped to make this bag!