|I originally set out to make this bag from Simplicity 2358, but in the process, I changed the dimensions, the shape (the original has a rounded bottom, mine doesn't), ignored the construction and most of the pockets, and didn't actually follow the instructions (and therefore can't comment on their clarity or otherwise). So I'm calling it semi-self drafted. I did build the back pocket according to the instructions (apart from not applying interfacing), and I used the same construction for the inner pocket (except that I sewed a row of stitches to make two tall vertical pockets). Didn't use webbing for the strap either; instead, I used a thrifted leather belt. My original intention was to have a strap and a carrying handle, for maximum versatility, but having a belt for a handle makes it even more versatile. I punched holes in the leather all the way through, and when the belt is tightened into a hand strap, and the excess belt tucked into the belt loops, you get a loop you can use to carry stuff that bulky but lightweight (say a scarf, maybe, or a light jacket). This could be useful. Of course you can also let the belt hang all the way.|
The fabrics are both from my stash. The outer fabric is a sort of tweedy striped black & white poly/wool mix (at a guess) with subtle gold thread and a built in crinkled effect (though that's not so obvious on the pictures of the finished bag). The lining fabric is a cotton in a Japanese -like pattern in red and blue on a white background.
A layer of fusible fleece is sandwiched between the outer bag and the lining.
There's one pocket at the back (with a velcro closure), and two tall inner pockets. The bag closes at the front with a magnetic snap. I used jeans rivets to attach the strap to the bag (seems sturdy enough ...but time will tell). I deliberately left the front as unadorned as could be, because I was after a clean modern effect. What's also deliberate is the way the lining peeks out from under the outer fabric, like a very informal version of piping. I wanted a hint...just a hint...of what's inside.
I'm pretty happy with the results: the size is just right for a paperback book, a bottle of water, a notepad, a makeup bag (well, admittedly my makeup bag is pretty small...) and a first aid kit (I always carry a kit with me with some essential, like pain killers, plasters etc). It doesn't have any pockets for phones and stuff like that (they could always be added in a later version), mainly because those I carry in a separate slim cross body mini bag. And it's too small to fit a magazine, so not good for impulse magazine buying, but I can live with that...