(Pay no attention to the dead grass. It's winter!)
Instead of trying to force my little machine to slog through the pleather, I picked some fun quilting fabric from Joann's and just added interfacing to all the outside pieces for durability. I used headliner foam for the structure of the main part since I didn't have enough of the soft and stable, and it worked nicely! One tip I should have followed was to cut it out of the seam allowance, but other than a little struggle, it still worked fine. The other thing I screwed up on, er did on purpose, was not getting enough lining fabric. I didn't take the time to convert the inches to yards, so I only got one yard of lining. I was able to cut the outside pockets from my contrast fabric (I got extra of that for some reason!) and I think it worked out even better. Yeah, I totally did that on purpose.
(Inside has a zippered center divider, plus slip pockets on each side, lots of organization!)
This was also the first time I've installed purse feet, which was so easy that I don't know why I haven't done it before! Once again my husband's leather punch came in as the perfect tool!
(It's like putting brads in, once you punch the hole! Just make sure the long bits don't get too close to your seam allowance or it could get caught on the sewing machine. I ended up turning them after I took this picture so they were more horizontal)
(Gives it a little professional touch!)
(The headliner foam - those binding clips are great for this step!)
(If you don't trim the foam out of the seams, it's not very pretty! Also make sure you catch all the layers of the fabric, which I didn't here. Time to bring in Jack and redo it!)
(Top has a recessed zipper, so it closes everything in nice and secure!)
(Both ends have these nice slip pockets which hold my phone and car keys!)
All in all, a great pattern and relatively fast! There are 2 zippers, but they really aren't that hard to install at all!! The purse is not a difficult one, but the results look great!