Sound a bit dramatic? Yes, but it is the most challenging project I've taken on in a long, long time. Which is why it kicked my bum. Some of the pressure was totally my fault- it was requested by a dear, dear friend, it had a deadline that seemed manageable (or would have been if, you know, I didn't have a day job to deal with… oops). On top of that, I threw in a completely new material. Plus it needed to be comfortable to wear, AND it needed leather to be involved as well.
I usually figure out construction in pieces and steps to about 95% before I start building a bag… This one was more like… oh, 60%. There were so many unknowns in this. I had sketches, concepts, supplies, I knew I had the individual skills to pull it off… but would I be able to throw them all in the mixing bowl and come out with a usable bag? That was questionable.
I can sew, but had never sewn with waxed fabric. I can make a leather bag, but had never combined it with fabric in this way. I’ve made purses, never backpacks.