The best thing about this bag is the size. It's huge! I don't usually carry a bag this big, but I've found it is a very useful thing to have around. My mom took all her grandkids and their moms to a play during the holidays and this held snacks, knitting, camera, and my clutch purse inside with room to spare! Even though it is big, it's not a super structured bag, so it's not bulky and cumbersome to carry around. The handle is just big enough to put your arm through and carry comfortably as a shoulder bag.
I used a mystery fabric I had from Goodwill for the outside. It was quite drapey, so I underlined with a bottomweight fabric (cut and held the two fabrics together as if they were one). For the inset panels on the bottom corners I quilted the fabric with lightweight batting to give it a different texture. It's subtle but I like it a lot. The lining was also from Goodwill, it seems like a typical lining fabric. I hated sewing it! It was so slippery and didn't press well, so I had trouble getting the pockets to look nice. Next time I'll stick to cotton!
This is a very well done pattern. The paper was easy to assemble. The directions were clear and well illustrated. I'm not much for purse making- too many little pieces- but I liked this one. It had enough features to be interesting and useful- inset panels, inside pockets- but not so many that I got bogged down in the fiddly stuff.
Right now Erin is doing a sew along on her blog! I feel like this is an intermediate pattern, but whenever you add a sewalong I think it makes it more accessible to determined beginners. And believe me, it's worth the effort!
Pattern- Presidio Purse by Seamstress Erin
Fabric- random unknowns from Goodwill
Notions- invisible zipper for inside and 18" zipper for top
Wearability- perfect for when I need to carry a lot of stuff
Repeatability- I think I'll probably make one more in brighter fabric for summer