I made multiple changes to the pattern. I did vary from my original plan. I should have thought about the changes better and wrote them down on the directions.
I made a bunch of changes to the pockets. One pocket was divided into sections. I can fit my business card holder, cell phone and pens in this section. It sits inside of an outer pocket.
This is an outside hidden pocket. I wanted a outside pocket that I can use for my cell phone. I love the pop of color against the zebra print. It brings a smile to my face. I added an outside pocket. The fabric is two sided so I flipped it over for the outside pocket.
Added a tab to hold my keys. I hate searching my purse for keys. I used a faux leather for the tab. The purse is closed with a big snap. I need to pick up magnetic closures for the next purse.
Added rings to the straps to make them longer. The original straps would have been too short for the purse to comfortable fit under my arm.
I wanted the bottom of the purse to be stronger. I used two pieces of plastic needlepoint canvas and a piece of stiff interfacing to reinforce the bottom. All three pieces fit inside of a sleeve that I made from the lining fabric. I tried to use buttons for purse feet but it was driving me crazy trying to sew all of it together. I got two feet done and called it quits. Instead I will tack the lining down to hold it in place.
On the next purse, I will add zippers to one of the pockets and change the size of the first pocket. I felt that it needs to be at least 1-2 inches deeper. Add a stiff interfacing to the sides of the bag to give it more support.
The best part of this project is that everything came from the stash. I have enough zebra print to make a clutch purse to carry to church or for date nights. I'm glad that I participated because this is my first time making a bag that I will carry around (just don't look too closely at the topstitching, lol). All in all, I'm grateful for the camaraderie from the participants and the cheerleaders at Stitcher's Guild
My next project is to make a wearable muslin for a blouse in PMB. The first muslin looked promising.