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KariH

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Backpack Pattern
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:26:24 PM »
I'd like to make a backpack along the lines of Herschel Supply Company's 'Retreat" backpack.

The features I like most are the double strap closure, deep cap-like flap and inner drawstring closure. I really like its volume and dimensions, but that's something I can try to adjust if I have the right base to start with. Other features like the outside pocket and inner pockets are less important.

Do you know if there are Big4 or indie patterns that match those features?

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Re: Backpack Pattern
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018, 04:26:52 PM »
Taylor Tailor has the Desmond backpack, although the top is different......

http://www.taylortailor.com/shop/patterns/desmond-roll-top-backpack-pattern/

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Re: Backpack Pattern
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2018, 04:27:35 PM »
 Canvas and lining fabric is cheap, but the hardware can add up quickly. So far I count: metal buckles on the front, two magnetic snap closures, plastic buckle for the strap, stopper for the drawstring. Not to mention you'll need proper padded straps for a backpack that size. And once you get all of that, you might as well keep an eye out for sales.

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Re: Backpack Pattern
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 04:28:08 PM »
Obviously, if you want the experience of doing it and to use a special fabric, you should do it, but you know what I mean. Herschel seems to use really nice hardware and other materials and it might be hard to source.

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Re: Backpack Pattern
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2018, 04:28:47 PM »
http://www.thegreenpepper.com/product/563-pioneer-rucksack-pattern/
Add a second strap, and an abbreviated version of a toaster cover for the "lid".
http://www.thegreenpepper.com/product/203-drawstring-daypack-pattern/
http://www.seattlefabrics.com/RS150-ALPINE-RUCKSACK_p_767.html

If you're going to carry much more weight than your lunch, consider putting a sternum strap on, too. Your shoulders will thank you. The thicker the pack, the farther back the weight tends to sit if not well packed, and the more you're going to either lean forward to compensate, or deal with really sore shoulders.

I had a framesack back in the 70s very similar in design to what you're showing in the photo, and the two straps were the first thing I eliminated... they were always in my way.