I used some unusual printed wool felt that I found at FabricMart, and I added leather trim. Instead of interfacing and fleece, I sewed ByAnnie's Soft and Stable foam to the lining so that the bag would stand on its own (I didn't sew it to the wool to avoid overly thick layers). I was going for a boho chic look and I love my finished bag, including the fab giant flower on the top of the zipper panel.
The stylized line art on the fabric reminded me just a little of the limited edition Prada Fairy bag from some years back ($2300--ouch!).
the exclusive Prada fairy bag
I also used leather on the bottom, with four brass "feet".
This is quite an involved pattern, with little details like shaped tab handle attachments and a gusseted zipper that take a fair amount of time. But as in all her patterns, Janelle takes you through each step with plenty of pictures, tips, and encouragement. It's almost like she's holding your hand and talking while you sew! I spent a good 6-7 hours on this bag, but the end result is well worth it, don't you think?
Janelle is giving away two free patterns with hardware kits right now on her blog. Hop on over to www.emmalinebags.blogspot.com to enter!