Today the real work was done, stitching it together and adding the bottom.
In spite of the angle of the photo, this is not a big purse.
Stitching where I could with the machine was tricky. I decided it was really necessary to stitch the seal allowances on the sides flat before I hand stitched the facing. Trimming them first helped.
The bottom was a bigger struggle working with the upholstery material. There was minimal room to work even with the table of my machine removed. But without wanting to remove some material (which I was loath to do as these were the weight bearing seams), I decide to again stitch the excess flat to the bottom. In the end, I could not maneuver into either of the end curves. There was no room for my hands if I wanted to see.!
But most of the base was stitched, namely the two sides, and the rest will benefit with a soft pounding with a rubber mallet before the bottom insert .
So all that's left now is the top edge and the handles.
The upper layer is the grey ultra suede. While it's not impossible to hand stitch I don't think I can get a nice crisp edge.