I have been asking around, and pockets are a big deal for a lot of people. So all told, there are 1o pockets on this purse - 8 on the outside and 2 on the inside. These outside pockets are stitched with rounded corners to make it harder to lose things in them.
2 inside pockets - with reinforced stitching on the corners.
And this is one of the two cell phone sized pockets on either end. The strap is long enough that it sits comfortably in the curve of my waist, right at the perfect length to hook a thumb around.
Positives - I like the angle of the on the bottom corners of the bag, I did a pretty darn good job on the zipper, and this is the first purse I have designed AND made totally from scratch in which the end product looks almost exactly like the original design. I like the subtle curve detailing on the outside pockets and I like the fact that it is pretty heavy duty.
Negatives - I think the white is too white and I think it looks kind of like a diaper bag for some reason. I had some trouble connecting the lining to the ends of the zipper on the inside and I don't know how to fix it. I can see the handstitching around the top of the lining and I did the entire handle completely wrong.
Things to think about - I would like to make this same design out of a lighter, more flowy fabric like suede or moleskin but am not sure how my machine will handle that...and I've never worked with either one. Thoughts?