This really is a great pattern and is very customizable. I made a few changes to make it more suitable for my tastes. First of all I moved the straps out by about an inch. For some reason I just prefered that spacing. I also added a large piece of leather as a sort of fake front to the pocket (the outside pocket is actually in the lining). On the other side of the bag I also added a square pocket with vertical stripes to add some visual interest.
One feature that I love about this pattern is the ability to cinch up the sides with the hook and d ring. The shape of the bag goes from a boxy tote/laptop bag to more of a handbag by simply hooking the side together.
I used brass for all of the metal pieces of the bag including the zipper. The pattern has a great way of attaching the zipper which makes it much easier to assemble than I would have guessed. I also added little zipper pulls with some scrap leather.
Like I mentioned, the lining and is a great linen that is a bright kelly green. There is a nice elastic pocket on the side too to keep my cell phone etc... in.