Synopses & Reviews
Fashion-conscious ladies love their pursesand vintage is todays key couture look. These bags draw inspiration from the elegance, glamour, and sophistication of styles popular in the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, so theyre as exquisite as anything in a fine boutique
but at a fraction of the cost. There are 20 original projects in total (five per era) and they have wonderful details like beaded ring handles, three-dimensional trims, whimsical appliqués, and eye-catching prints. Go for art deco styling, slimline clutches, tapestry bags, and gathered ones with felt corsages. Plus, each handbag has a pretty matching purse pattern to go along with it. All the patterns have seam allowances added already to make things easy, and sewers will find everything they need to know to take their choice from beautiful idea to finished item.
As every fashion conscious girl knows you can never have too many bags and vintage is a key look from couture to high street. The bags in this book draw inspiration from the 20s - 50s. The 20 projects are suitable for all levels and there are four matching purse designs that can be adapted to any bag. Patterns and seam allowances are also included. Patterns for all the bags are included and all have seam allowances added already so that the book is not just inspirational, it's practical too, providing everything you need to know to take your bag from being a beautiful idea to a finished item. The bags are made from easily acquired materials using straightforward techniques and come in a range of beautiful shapes that give them a really stunning and unique look.
About the Author
Emma Brennan trained as a broadcast journalist and worked for the BBC and independent radio, as a newsreader, researcher and reporter. She has written features for both newspapers and magazines on everything from current news to health issues, and of course fashion! In 1992, alongside freelance writing, she started her own business, Charlie's Aunt, designing and producing handmade vintage inspired clothing and hats. She is a qualified further education tutor and has taught courses in handbag, accessory and jewellery design. She has also staged fashion shows and given lectures on the historical influences of her designs. She lives in Australia. Also available from the Author - 978-1-86108-453-8, Making Vintage Jewellery