Using this tutorial, I made a gathered clutch. This was my first attempt at a zipper - and it didn't go so bad. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the main fabric is a dark brown with a small pattern to it (it reminds me of a tweed jacket print, but smaller).
The tutorial was easy to follow, but I would suggest making the little tabs that cover the zipper ends longer so the zipper doesn't pucker at the opening end. I can't really zip it closed all the way since the zipper is so close to the edge.
I made a 2nd one the next day and it zips way better after making the tabs a bit longer so the zipper isn't as close to the edge.
It's even lined!!