So I'm going to start by saying that this pattern does make a beautiful backpack. However, this pattern very much so is not for beginners, and you kind of need to already have an eye for how things work, as the pattern does not specify certain things that I feel it should. It for one thing, does not specify that some pieces only need one type of notion, etc. I also did not appreciate the fact that the pattern also requires you to do a lot of your own measuring for the straps and the handles. At the end of the day, tracing and cutting is not every sewer's favorite part of the project, and we would rather have a template for the straps and handles rather than told the measurements that we have to measure out and draw ourselves. In my opinion, this was a little lazy of the patternmaker.