Well, I'm a convert. Have had the pattern for quite some time, finally decided to try it. Overall happy with the results, did notice the contrast is a little crooked on one side. Used decorator weight for the bottom panels, which I like. I also added a magnetic clasp to the main bag lining, and a piece of hook and loop on the pocket. Probably a gift for a "chosen sister" who will give me feedback for future changes.
Front of bag. Next one will be straighter!
Inside, showing magnetic clasp. I like a plain colored lining, easier to see what you want
Back of bag. I made the handles shoulder length also.