The stitched bit is actually a separate pocket on the front - you can't tell from the pic. I still haven't mastered Zips very well but it's a vast improvement on this zip! Which really was terrible!
I like it ☺ My other bag is too small now that I've gone back to a good old hand written diary, so this should work nicely. Oh, and the best bit, it was all made from scraps and a zip I had already.