So here's the interior...
It highlights my biggest mistake in the creation of this pattern. I knew how I wanted the handles to look on the outside, but I didn't really think the three steps ahead... So when I attached them, toward the end of construction, the stitches stupidly went over the simple pocket I had sewn onto the lining.
It was, in retrospect, an obvious mistake and an easy fix. But isn't everything easier in hindsight? I'm finding it very interesting how things evolve!
In version 2.0, which is almost done, it's all good. Handles attached much sooner in the process, and it's all much neater. Of course new mistakes were made ; )
Version 3.0 should be almost perfect, but I think it may entail a trip to the fabric store for some inspiration!