I love orders like these since I can let my creativity run free :) First thing I did was check online for lots of samples of nice (blue) fabrics to show my friend. We started out looking for floral patterns but I found this really gorgeous and a little abstract pattern and just thought I'd put it on the list as well. In the end she went with exactly this print and I was really thrilled about it! To me it looks like a fairytale forest. I see a print like that and my imagination takes over...
As for the design: She saw my Rhine-Valley-Bag a couple of times and really liked the size and the style of it. She decided to go with an adjustable strap instead of two handles so I slightly altered the shape of the original bag pattern, making it a little more rounded at the top edges.
With 19 " the bag is also slightly wider. When using a recessed top zipper as a closure I always want to make sure the bag has a certain width (at least 12 "), otherwise it will be less comfortable to reach inside or take things out.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great week with lots of sewing ahead!