Awhile back I made myself a purse using this Lazy Girl pattern. Read post here.
I decided the optional curved bottom was indeed nicer.
The pattern has just an open pocket in the back. I hardly put anything in there since it doesn't seem too secure--I can picture things falling out when I lay the bag down. I decided a zippered pocket was in order.
OK, changed up the inside. Pattern had you sewing elastic directly to the top of the pocket. I decided that making a casing looks much nicer. Pattern has you attaching the strap by sandwiching it between the bag and front flap. As you can see, some of the raw edges didn't get caught up inside the topstitching. In my new bag, I attached the strap early in the process and inclosed the raw edges within the bag--no chance of raw edges hanging out. Again, I turned the flap at a seam and did not cut a turning hole in the flap as the pattern said--who wants a whipstitched slash in the flap anyways!
This bag is a Christmas gift for a friend. Hope she likes it.