I opted to work on the flap separately - it was easier to manipulate the piece what with the decreases and putting in the 'window.'
This is a shot of the front with the flap open. I started the strap as I attached the flap to the body.
And this is the back view. Kathy Robin's pattern has a "window" in the back, but I thought - what would be the point of that? And as I look at the one on the flap, it looks like a buttonhole to me. Next thing I know, the box of vintage buttons calls to me . . .
I'm looking over the directions for the strap and I don't think it's going to work for me. More adaptation ahead - but the fringe! This pattern calls for THREE ROWS of fringe! If I didn't know fringe technique before, I sure will by the time this is done.