This is not one of them.
I've made tote bags similar to this before, including the one that I carry almost everyday, but this one was causing me so much stress that I kept putting it to the side to finish other projects instead. Even so, I'm really psyched about the way this turned out. I'm having such a problem letting it go that I see a olive green linen and brown gingham sibling in my future. I love the way it looks, I love that it's really roomy but doesn't look like a massive suitcase and I love the way the pleats make it look a little bit more interesting than just a plain tote. I've got to say, though, making a bag this big and this pleated with slippery, wrinkle prone linen made me say bad words more than I'd like to admit.
I picked an oyster linen out for this one because it's a Christmas gift for my pickiest cousin and even though I've got a stash full of some really proper fabrics, I just know I'd never pick the right print. I really like the simplicity of the linen though, and it makes it look a lot more sophisticated (snort) BUT! I did sneak these orange polka dots in as the lining, because there had to be just a little bit of livelihood.
Before this one gets wrapped up it's definitely due for a short wash and steam to get rid of the wrinkles. I was just so excited that it was finally done that I had to get it up right away!