"If anyone would have suggested to me making a pack out of lime green, black and dark blue XPAC I would have felt a cold chill run up my spine."
I just cracked up when I read this. Thanks I new I was deviating from the norm especially my own, Most of my hiking gear is brown, green, gray, black. I am very happy with the way the colors came out as well.
Yes that is me the intended user and I took care to fit the dimensions of this pack for my body. Last year I used a medium MLD Prophet for a thru hike. It was not until after the trail back on BPL that I realized while being only 5'9.5" I have a long torso and needed a pack to match. 20" from bottom to shoulder straps versus the 18.5" (I think) of the Med Prophet
Yes I tried ligning up the side straps with the angle of the Xpac on the sides
For the Roll Top I Used two pices of fabric one 16x9 one 16x6 to end with the lower side at 5inches and the top at 6. I used gross grain on the lower section folding back over the fabric to the out side after folding and edging it with gross grain. The top of the Closure or the taller side does have 3/4 webbing through out. I folded over once and sewed a single line and then folded over two more times to get to the point in the picture. Then at the sides were the buckles are I reinforced with a bar-tac as part of the feld seam(on the side not pictured against the cabinet). I will probably sew an edge aka rectangle wear the webbing is But my sewing machine was acting up at the bar-tacs on the buckles so I decided to quite while I was ahead and test it out.
The time to make this pack was fairly great since while also making this first pack I was learning to sew for the first time. Every time I put the needle down I learned something new. I watched a few you tube videos of middle aged to old women that came in handy alleviating some of my frustrations and helping my learning curve.
1. Hand Drawn.
2. Google Sketchup (to get measurements my brain would not calculate, like the bottom angles)
3. Gathering measurements off sketchup adding in seam allowances
4. Transferring measurements by hand onto fabric
5. Cutting all fabric pieces
6. Making Pockets, Straps and Belt
7. Sew it all together!
All told Probably 60hrs or more I really have no idea! Even when I wasnt sitting working on it I 50/50 I was thinking about it. Over the course of a few weeks no joke! I played with my design alot and learning to sew was a huge part of that time. But hey when your unemployed time is all you got.
Newton, thank you for commenting it is nice to hear feed back from the community that inspired me to do project.
and yes I did have a good day, slightly giddy upon completion!