Oh my God! So many compliments, so many questions!!!
First of all, thank you for the compliments. I'm glad that you like my stuff.
Messenger bag tutorial? I think there's already one around. Anyway, I just made a jordy large bag and sewed a flap separately, just fabric and lining, right side facing, sew three sides leaving one (the one that you attach to the bag) open. Turn it inside out and if you want sew all around the flap to make fabric and lining flatter. Then, before
sewing the lining the jordy's way, you must pin the flap to the bag, just as if it is wide open, I mean with the outside fabric facing. I also add the straps before I sew the lining. What I do is sewing the straps (hey, remember that they must pass under the bag body) and the flap to the bag three or four times so that the bag is more resistant and then add the lining taking care that the sewing for the lining goes under the sewing for straps so that they're fully incorporated. I hope it makes sense. If not, Iwill post a tutorial for sure one of this days because I'm planning to do much more different messengers for fall and winter.
Oh, the closure of this bag in particular is made with red leather srtips - we call it alcantara, you know, it's that kind of suede leather that they use for upholstery in some elegant cars... at least in Italy! Anyway, it is very resistant and much better of any ribbon
I also found those wonderful vintage buttons that I'm in love with...
Oh, the outside fabric is a strong red fabric used for tapestry (is that right?). But I didn't interfaced it so the bag is a little floppy. Resistant but floppy. I like it this way, though.
Martini Bag: yes, it's partially hand-emboidered, partially felt applique.
The outside fabric is a wonderful fabric that I found at IKEA (I love it, sometimes you can find the best fabrics ever!) and it is interfaced.
The zipper: I love it!! I found a bunch of these super cheap zippers in a super cheap shop in Rome and I couldn't believe my eyes.
If you want, I can send you some