What advice would you give someone starting this project? Good pattern, all steps are well described. Love how the inside pockets come together and are attached to the bag: no saggy lining, no need for binding, minimal sewing by hand. I wanted to have a bag that would 'stand' even when empty, so I used Stiff Stuff interfacing. This is not what the pattern calls for and it was indeed incredibly difficult to sew through the many layers.