I finally got around to using the Birdie Sling pattern that I'd picked up last fall. My sewing skills are still limited but the pattern is very detailed and easy to follow. For my first attempt with pleating and sewing gussets it turned out rather well. Since the pattern called for more than enough fabric I made two little pouches for carrying around all those small things that always get lost in the bottom of my purse.
One thing I wasn't expecting is how comfortable it is to carry around. I've shoved my 13" MacBook Pro, a DSLR camera, wallet, phone, book, lunch, water bottle and knitting inside but it never feels heavy. Part of that is probably because it's just made out of fabric and interfacing so it just weighs less than the average leather purse. However it's not until it lands on my shoulder that it feels light so I'm sure the shoulder strap deserves part of the credit. It's nice and wide and evenly distributes all that weight, joy.
I like it so much that some more fabric is on the way so that I can sew a summer version. Picking out fabric for something like this is not my strong suite and I veered into safe territory. There's nothing wrong with the fabric it's just sort of blah but I'm looking forward to making another.