So here we have it...
I am going to claim this as my first Super Tote, as I love it so much, I really would like a version of this bag for all occasions and outfits!
The pattern is exactly what I have felt about all of Anna-Noodlehead's; very simple to follow, very preparation-intensive - but you know it will be worth it, open to a few personal tweaks if you are that way inclined, and turns out so well that you get a thrill from knowing that you made it.
With the exception of the long zipper, I made it from stash, and I am really quite pleased about that too.
Modifications? I added an extra pocket inside the front outer one, because I had a perfect scrap of Echino, which I was determined to incorporate; it will also be useful for separating my phone or train tickets or other essentials from the rest of the gubbins I haul about. I took the fully-lined outer pocket option, rather than just adding a facing.
I didn't stitch divided sections within the inside elasticated pockets, simply stitched a button in the middle and through the lining on each side, so that the pockets were maximum size but not gaping, as I feared they would be without anything.
I did a proper double-row of stitching to gather the bottom edge of the inside pockets too, for a nice even finish on those; I am getting so fancy in my old age.
My lining is a heavier weight aqua cotton canvas that I must have bought years ago, which, along with the Echino linen and woven interfacing, gives it a real sturdy feeling, and it can stand up on its own.
My only regret is not bulking up the straps more, I added a strip of fusible fleece, but could have done with another layer. I will remember that for next time.
I personally found this easier that the 241, as there are no tight curves to sew and top-stitch; and the size is brilliant, big without looking bonkers!
I think I am going to keep this one clean and fresh until Retreat, but you never know, I may have made another one by then!