A classy, unique, and extremely versatile pattern by Emma of "Charlie's Aunt" is inspired by the simple elegance of 1940s fashions but with a modern twist. The “Village Post” is easily constructed with dart shaping, over-the-shoulder strap, bow trim. The zippered internal zip pocket keeps valuables safe and separate from the rest of the bag. This PDF pattern has 12 pages – six pages including photographs, detailed instructions and illustrations, plus six pages of full sized pattern templates which you must print on letter (A4) paper and cut out. This pattern is uncluttered and well spaced. Since some of the templates are too large to fit on one sheet, you must tape the templates together where shown. Instructions for this are very clear and the order in which they are written is very intuitive. A step-by-step tutorial saves frustration for even the beginner sewer. I like this pattern for it's well defined lines and timeless style, a true classic. A magnetic snap is suggested to keep the bag closed.
I could see this pattern used in many different ways to suit individual personalities. Pleather, animal prints, modern polka dots, chevron prints, (although I positively love the tweed and velvet used above) use your imagination to make a bag that you will love to stitch and carry.
Finished bag dimensions: 15” (38cm) tall by 14” (36cm) wide excluding handle
This pattern is available here
About Emma Brennan: Emma is a journalist and author with a lifelong passion for fabric and sewing. When she is not writing stories, she is usually dreaming up new designs for her range of accessory patterns and books. Emma is particularly fond of handbags and the endless design possibilities they offer. Her favourite fashion accessories are from the 1940s "make do and mend" era, but she also loves any fashions from the 1920s to the 1950s.
In addition to being a pattern designer and author, Emma writes news stories as a print journalist. She has also worked as a broadcast journalist and further education tutor. Emma has been sewing (virtually non-stop) since she was about nine years old and she has rarely been without a design sketch book in her hand since then.
Emma's passions are vintage sewing patterns and buttons, tweed, long walks in the countryside, Thomas Hardy novels, sausage dogs and sparrows….in no particular order.