I managed to brave the cutting and sewing. As a beginner I did have some issue with the lining. The problems were totally my fault, thank goodness they are inside the bag where no one can see it! I love my new Frenchy Bag. It has turned out to be just what I needed for this time of year! It is light, holds lots of stuff, and I just love the colors. I am such a sucker for green and orange! I think maybe this fall I can try my hand at another bag!