So I did it. And I love it. I mean LOVE it. Guys, it holds so.much.stuff. But in an organized sort of way, not a 'throw it all in your clutch and sort it out later' sort of way. And as if by magic (or a really good pattern if you'd prefer) it came out very near perfectly. My cards actually fit in the slots!! That never happens to me!! I really loved picking out fabrics, even though that probably took me longer than sewing it. I added little pops of pink inside the zip pocket and behind the card pockets, just to make me smile. And I used some chevrons for the zip pocket itself and I love it.
And for the record, I could totally use this as a clutch; my phone and chapstick fit perfectly and I added that nifty little d-ring there so I could slap on a strap and my keys. The only thing I changed was using a medium weight fusible on the outer pieces and not using the sew-in interfacing and it seems to have worked out just fine. I did add a button on top of the snap to jazz it up a bit since I only had plain snaps, but it wasn't the best idea since it makes it much harder to use the snap. It sure does look nice though! I really love how professional it looks!
It really is a spectacular pattern and I think I know what some upcoming gifts will be. Now I just need a nice new purse to go with it. Any pattern suggestions??? And now, since it is my birthday, I am going to go relax in my clean house, which I cleaned yesterday just so I could enjoy it today :)