The Sidekick Tote was (mostly) a lot of fun to sew. The pattern is very, very good. And I love the finished bag. I will do a few things different next time, but most of that is because of personal preference and not a mistake on the pattern.
I love the shape of this bag and the big front pocket. LOVE the bias tape. Of course.
The solid gray fabric is Kona Coal, the Coral is a solid from Connecting Threads (good quality, btw, and great pricing) and the print is called Fiddlesticks by Erin McMorris.
I am quite proud of my top-stitching on this bag. I had the perfect coral thread and I love how it pops out on the gray. The hardware was given to me by a friend a long time ago. She reclaimed it from various worn-out clothing.
The inset zipper. This is the only part of the bag I don't love. The lining fabric is too flimsy and I should have interfaced it. Next time.
This bag is not for me. I'm giving it to my niece I hope she likes it - I sure do! I can't wait to make another one for me. I have fabric picked out but I am waiting for some more hardware. I can't find what I need locally so I am buying it from an etsy shop.
One more thing on bag making. Right now Lorraine from Ikatbag is doing a series of blog posts on bag making. She is an extraordinary seamstress and cardboard crafter and this series is full of tips and instructions and good clear photos. Definitely worth checking out!