This is a great pattern! The instructions are well-written and easy to follow. I will admit I chose a boring color--again.
The photo above, however, makes it look old and worn out already. It looks much better in person--a nice chocolate brown. The lining has some color, though.
My flap pocket has a snap because I'm still in my snap obsession phase (or should I say craze).
The recessed zipper instructions were so clear even I couldn't mess them up.
I pretty much stuck to the pattern. Yeah, I can't believe it either. I only made a few tiny changes. First, I used a medium-weight canvas material instead of the interfaced cottons and linens the pattern shows. Then, I didn't make the strap adjustable. I convinced myself I didn't need it, but I may regret that later. When I'm getting close to the end of a project these things happen.
For some reason, my bag came out an inch narrower and almost two inches shorter than the size listed on the pattern. This problem with getting the sizing right happens to me way too often. I even used a little metal piece with different seam measures on it to make sure I was using the 3/8" allowance. Must get new glasses.