I like to start with the lining when I'm making a purse because it lets me see where the pattern needs tweaking. And this one needs a little bit of tweaking. I'll get to that in a minute.
To start, I cut out my lining. That's the two large pieces, the bottom oval, a side pocket, and two pieces for a center zipper pocket. As you can see I underestimated my lining amount so the zipper pocket is in a contrasting fabric. I'm glad this happened actually because that gorgeous brocade would get all snaggy inside the pocket anyway.
Now for the last bit of tweaking so far. I've been very unhappy with the spring clasp selection I've been able to find online. Everybody sells the same three clasps and they are all boring. blah. I have some gorgeous fabric here that does not deserve boring.
I did run across a woman who sells buckles she got off thrift store belts. I decided that I can go to thrift stores. I've got some time. I'm glad I did because I found this:
If I do let the girl have the belt I do have two other buckles as options:
So what do you think? Be nice to my daughter and use a second choice buckle or go with the buckle I love best? I have to decide before I cut the straps.