so my friend's bridal shower is in a few short weeks and I decided to make her a beach tote because they are getting married on a cruise to bermuda -she'll be able to use it on the cruise and all. I know what I want to do but I'm getting stuck on some technical construction details.. I haven't started sewing yet -the fabric hasn't arrived! -but i'm not sure how to do a few things that aren't typical Jordy-type constructions.
this pic is what i'm thinking of doing.. this is the actual Amy Butler Fabric that I'm using so I modified a picture of one of her bag patterns.. i'm going for a sort of modified jordy-bottomed bag with straps, etc. similar to one of those LLBean canvas totes.
Where I'm having trouble is how to attach the straps on the outside.. I'm thinking i'll have to pre-attach them to the outside fabric BEFORE i sew the two halves together, but i'm worried about what will happen when i sew the lining in... Do i not sew the straps all the way to the top of the bag so I can keep them folded down and out of the way, then secure them when I do the final stitching around the top? does that make sense?
Also, I was thinking of using 2 layers of thick interfacing to make sure that it really keeps it's shape. Should I iron it on to both the outside and the liner? I want to do an inner zipper pocket so should I iron two layers of interfacing onto just the outside fabric?
and finally, what do you think are good dimensions? she's a tiny little thing, only about 5' tall. i'm 5' 9" so what would work for me might be too big for her...
What do you guys think? any other creative solutions? do i need to explain myself better? help!!!!