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Village Post Bag - ePattern Review

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.


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Comment by Sue on December 22, 2011 at 11:30pm

I love the look of this purse especially the fabric that is in the picture.

Comment by Susan on December 18, 2011 at 10:19am

No I love the feedback, it's interesting to hear other points of view that I'm not always able to see/hear otherwise.  I apologize if I sounded (or sound) overly direct or harsh, I have difficulty conveying my tone at times!  

Comment by BobbieSue on December 18, 2011 at 9:20am

Susan - That sounds like a good idea regarding taking a vote.  I agree that pattern makers deserve to be compensated. 

If you don't want suggestions on your articles, please let us know.  A diplomatic response would be "I'll take that under consideration."

Comment by Susan on December 18, 2011 at 7:49am

If everyone would like us to mark content as cost related, we can post a symbol on it?  

I don't like to feature them based on fee vs free because there are a lot of very talented pattern makers out there selling fabulous patterns, they too should be seen. When you separate the fee based patterns from the rest they do not get a fair shake.  So I "don't go there".  I can understand how we can be disappointed in a fee - but you never know when it may go on sale, or become part of a give-away.  If you love it, make note of it!  

Anyone reading this thread - please reply as to whether or not you'd like a symbol for fee-based patterns and we'll do that if majority rules.  

Comment by BobbieSue on December 18, 2011 at 7:37am

Susan - I realized it was a review.  You will notice that I was not the only one that thought it might be free. Marlene McCallum's comment "Sorry, just found out you have to buy the pattern. 

When writing an article, its always best to think of a person that is not familiar with all the words used in a certain industry or classification and try to make everything clear to everyone that might read it.        

Comment by Susan on December 17, 2011 at 8:17am

Bobbie Sue, the content above is a review. It is not a promotional article. The cost of a product is irrelevant to the review and therefore not mentioned. The review focuses on the pattern itself in terms of ease of use, instructions, etc.  The url provided goes to the store that carries it because once it is sold, the url is no longer valid.  The pattern's image above clearly indicates that it is a PDF, and so it would need to be transferred to the buyer via email.  

I can understand how some would assume a pattern is free, however, that is not the case all of the time.  

Comment by BobbieSue on December 17, 2011 at 7:59am

Somewhere in this article, it should say that the pattern cost $8.00 and it's delivered by email.  On the website given, they do not have the names of the bags, so will have to look for the picture.  


Comment by marlene and Grand Daughter on December 16, 2011 at 7:43pm

Sorry just found out you have to buy the pattern

Comment by marlene and Grand Daughter on December 16, 2011 at 7:39pm

Just the thing we have been looking for , Grand daughter and I are going to start on it this afternoon,

Many many thanks

Comment by Andrea Schlickbernd on December 16, 2011 at 8:34am

I have her book, Making Vintage Accessories. It's filled with 25 sewing projects I have yet to try but I LOVE her style!!

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