Honestly, I've never had such a big bag in my life. I walked to work today, and I didn't have to carry my boots in a separate bag - they fit inside the Orange Enormity.
Which got an interesting reaction at work, I have to say. Several people loved the bag, but hated the color. Others loved the color but thought it was a diaper bag (with studs? now that would be a cool mom).
Whatever. I love it. I said in my review on PR that this is the first major project that I have no lingering regrets about - no "I should have done this" or "damn, why didn't I think of doing that?" None of that. I like the pockets, I like the size, I like being able to find my keys and know that my camera and phone aren't getting beaten up in the bottom of the bag.
I like going shopping at lunchtime and being able to stow my purchase in my handbag. All of them.
What strikes me about this project is that earlier this year, when I completed my leather jacket, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to do a major leather project again anytime soon. But ever since the weather started turning cool, I've been wearing my jacket nonstop and realizing just how much I like it and how I'm probably going to want to make another one in the not-too-distant future. Maybe a brown one.
Funky colors are all well and good for accessories, but leather jackets are eternal and I don't want to make something I'll get tired of.
So this was my project to get me back in the mood, and it was a good one because I learned a few tricks this time that I hadn't before, including just how much heat leather will take if you have a decent weight press cloth between it and the iron. I also used large quantities of steam-a-seam rather than gluing seams flat - since I could use heat, it seemed silly to waste time waiting for glue to dry.
Also - and this probably won't do me any good if I make another jacket - I figured out the perfect backing for the leather in this bag. Coutil may be meant for corsets, but you can't tell me that. Slather on a decent coating of leather glue and it's fabulous backing for a lighter weight skin - it keeps all the flexibility of the leather while adding stability and strength. None of the rubble I carry around with me is going to mark this from the inside; for the outside, I can't make any guarantees but I'm going to do my best to keep this looking shiny new for a while.
Today was a very gray November day and carrying this around cheered me up no end.