I used ultrasuede cord instead of ribbon, and am looking for spikes or beads to attach to the end of each cord. I need to buy D rings for sleeve closure which is kind of cool. Also lengthened 6 inches because as designed it is nice for shorter women but I am 5'8" and didn't like length where it fell.
Instructions were just adequate for more detailed areas like carefully aligning the pockets and do dads on both sides of the front, and the sleeve closure.
Used black linen and lined with a silk chiffon just to have a little pop showing. It's a bit odd that it meets in the middle but I'll see how it actually functions when worn. I like the rumpled look of linen but it's not for everybody. In the photos it almost looks shiny like leather, but it is a light/medium linen.