Well, here it is - my Weekender Bag, up through step 7:
It's kind of like a rite of passage in the bag making world, isn't it?
It's gonna get tricky from here on out - which is entirely my fault. I cannot just follow a pattern. I have to customize it. I need lots of pockets inside, an adjustable shoulder strap, clips for small bags and keys, etc, etc. Because of my changes, I'm worried about the installation of the lining as outlined in the pattern, I'm afraid it won't be sturdy enough to hold loaded pockets. Sooooo..... how do I move on from here? I'm thinking Michelle's solution may be the one for me. But I'll likely tweak as I go. My hope is to take it to Sewing Summit! T-minus 2 weeks and counting.