This time I mean it. I have completed my travel bag journey. This is the backpack I am using on my grand European tour.
It is a super-sized version of the Dawn to Dusk backpack pattern by Chris W. Designs. I left off the decorative straps on the pockets, just too fussy for my taste. I wanted to let this glorious fabric shine. It is a cotton voile by Robert Kaufman fabrics.
This is the water bottle pocket. Himself pointed out that it would actually hold two water bottles. Yeah, because you know I’ll carry his water for him. Not! Since we are traveling to Britain and Ireland, I have decided to adopt the old custom and refer to the Mr. as Himself. I shall be Herself. Thanks, Carolann.
I redrafted all the pattern pieces except for the front pocket and the straps. We’ll be traveling for more than a day on the first leg of our journey, so I must have enough room for a book and some fresh undergarments.
I love this lining fabric, it reminds me of alligator.
I had made one of these modified backpacks earlier this year. The colors just were not grabbing me for my travel wardrobe. I am much happier with this print.
I am taking the advice of one of my friends, packing a wardrobe comprised of black and white with royal blue as my accent color. Everything I am bringing plays well together. This is a tough challenge for me since I am such a color girl. I want to bring red, and pink, and all the colors of the rainbow. But only blue is going in that bag with the black and white.
I embroidered this awesome tree of life design on the front pocket. The design is from Urban Threads, one of my fave embroidery websites.
With departure less than a week away, I can barely contain my excitement. Will you miss me? I’ll be gone almost 5 weeks. I’m going to do some type of travelogue if you want to come along vicariously. There will be lots of pubs involved. Lots. Probably some blurry photos. And some castles.