Backstory: It started when I sent my sister this purse: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=259708.msg2907108#msg2907108
for her birthday and my mother fell in love and wanted one too. She currently carries a huge purse from Cabela's that over half the online reviewers say they use as a diaper bag.
So I figured it had to be at least that big but better and in colors she liked (her main complaint was it was "gray and boring"). She also included a very long list of stuff it *had* to carry.
It took me like 3 weeks to design it and figure out what the heck I was going to do and HOW I was going to put it together (some trial and error involved here) and this monstrous thing ended up with 28 pockets. I *was* contemplating adding 2 more when I attached the lining and outside but decided not to because honestly I'm *~* this close to being so horrifyingly sick of even looking at the thing after working on it so long.
It's been a love/hate relationship for a long time. I'm partially in awe I could create something like this (second purse ever made... lol) and hate that it took me so long to do with so many mistakes. Evil demon purse... but it's pink so I guess it can't be all that bad.
Anyways... I haven't started on the messenger bag styled flaps yet but the design ideas are down, I just have to go force myself to work on them. Bah. I still have a much smaller one to do for a friend (thank God she actually hates pockets) and I'm 99.99% sure my grandma will want one after she sees my mother's. *sigh* Such a vicious cycle.
The finished dimensions are 10" tall X 12" wide X 7 1/2" deep. I'm still working on making the strap adjustable (currently it hangs down past my ass and my mom ain't much taller than me). There are 10 open pockets, 3 zippered pockets, 4 pen pockets, 2 snap-closure pockets, a cell phone pouch, tissue pocket, business card pocket, sunglasses/bottled water side pocket, a hidden zippered pocket, a rhinestone bedecked key fob, and a makeup "section" with elastic holders and a mesh pocket.
Here's some photos showing it crammed with the stuff I normally carry, plus a bunch more and I STILL didn't use up all the pockets!! This thing is insane!
From the front and working our way back:
The left pocket is for those little travel kleenex things. I couldn't find any at the stores here so I just shoved in some TP. You get the idea though. The other pockets are for business cards and a handy pen to write more info on the back when you're off networking... or trying to give some cute guy your number.
The front portion of the purse has a zippered section that opens up to hold make-up:
I didn't attach the mesh pocket at the top so as to create yet ANOTHER pocket behind it.
PalmPilot, passport, bits of paperwork:
I forgot to show anything in the zippered divider pocket that's between the two sections. The shiny silver thing is actually my checkbook. There's also a mirrored compact there. The black thing is my coin "purse".
Wallet in the snap-closure pocket. I might not use these anymore on these sorts of pockets because they're REALLY strong and hard to get open.
Backside with the other snapped pocket, the open pocket with buttons where the flaps will attach and off to the left a small hidden pocket perhaps for spare keys or something. I hand-sewed down the fabric around the zipper closer to the actual closure so it's not *quite* as obvious as shown here but you really don't see it on first glance.
Oh yeah, the embellishments I added to the inside. I found this nifty blue shiny crown pin and thought it was cute and went with my mom's personality and I also added the pink rhinestones by hand.
Anywho... so that's it so far. *dies of exhaustion* I wrote up a tutorial as I went along and posted it on my blogspot
but I haven't finished it yet. It's MAHYOO-SIVE with photos so dial-up beware. Simply because it's so big is the only reason I haven't posted it here as well. But y'all are welcome to use it from there so long as you don't sell the pattern/tutorial or finished product.
Comments welcome as always.
ETA: Tutorial finished on the blogspot URL linked above but if that is too slow in opening, try the Flickr set directly here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25639089@N08/sets/72157607372300197
They should be in the same order but they are numbered like "Tutorial 1, Tutorial 2, etc" for the interior and "Out Tutorial 1, Out Tutorial 2, etc" for the exterior with a few photos in between and after to show what it will look like so far.