I have worked many, many hours trying to get this style "just right." I have completed too-many-to-count tutorials on inserting a zipper into a handbag. I have sketched 10 different versions, made 3 different sizes. When it came to interfacing (the stuff in the middle that makes a handbag a handbag, and not just two pieces of thin cotton) I have tried it super slouchy, very firm, and somewhere in the middle (which won.) I have pulled my experiences/pieces from my favorite creations, and this was the result. Friends, meet the Zip Couture Bag.
The Zip Couture Bag is approximately 14 inches wide, 8 inches tall, and has a side gusset of 3 1/2 inches. It features two interior slip pockets, two exterior slip pockets, and a ZIPPERED CLOSURE. (Can I get a WOO?!?!?) It also has a strap drop of approximately 10 inches, and it has lovely rings to attach the handles. (Available in silver and antique gold.)
What all that mumbo-jumbo means is that it zips closed to keep all of your valuables safe and sound. It has two cell phone/keys pockets on the outside so you don't have to frantically search for your phone when it rings at the most inappropriate time. You will be able to locate that baby in 1.2 seconds flat. It falls right in the middle of my size range. You can carry the normal repertoire, but you are not going to be able to fit everything you own inside. It will slouch a bit when you pick it up, but not so much that it totally loses it's shape. It's meant to be a tad-slouchy-hobo bag, so it will bunch up a bit in the center when it is on your arm.
I've carried my final version for two weeks now, and I LOVE it.