... from Lisa Lam's book, A Bag for All Reasons.
The fun thing about constructing your own bag
(although this one is not for me -- it was commissioned
by a friend!) is the freedom to customize things
like this peekaboo pocket top (above).
Lisa's pattern includes a concealed zipper top. I adapted
the instructions to utilize the external fabric above the zipper.
The pattern also includes nice details like adjustable straps.
It has 9 pockets in total, of varying sizes.
I opted for magnetic snaps on the front pocket flaps
instead of velcro strips. While I prefer patterns that
use more charts & drawings, Lisa's instructions
are clear and her tutorial photographs are helpful.