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Making Vintage Bags: 20 Original Sewing Patterns for Vintage Bags and Purses Paperback – 5 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: GMC Publications; New edition edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861085028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861085023
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Emma Brennan started her own business in 1992, 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.


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I have just given this book to a needleworking friend. It was a joy to hear her comments as she looked through each page. She found the clarity of instructions and the patterns quite superb.There were gasps of delight from her as each page revealed yet another lovely vintage bag all simple in design but all having an elegance appropriate to the period.
I am so thrilled with the book I have immediately ordered it for my needleworking daughter!
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A wonderful book. I have been on some handbag making courses but this book gave me more information than any of those. Gives good basic advise on materials and construction including backings and stiffenings which I found really useful. The designs are to die for and all patterns included which makes this book a snip at the price.
I would highly recommend to all levals of skill and will certianly be looking for any other books by this author.
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I bought this for my wife who likes altering and repairing bags. She has been delighted with it and says she has learned many new ways of working from this book.
She has tried a couple of the simple bags from scratch and has done well to make them. In fairness to the book and her she is very good with sewing and dressmaking and did not find any problems understanding the instructions and suggestions.
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After spending £28 a metre on fabric to make an outfit to wear to a wedding, I was quite annoyed that I had quite a bit left over - but not enough to make anything else; that is until I spotted this book. Luckily it was in stock and arrived very quickly. It did not disappoint.

There is a very good selection of styles made out of a wide range of materials for all occasions. The instructions are clear, precise and easy to follow with lots of illustrations and photos. The patterns do need to be enlarged from A4 to A3 but that is no great problem. Anyone with a basic knowledge of sewing can make a great looking bag in a couple of evenings.

I rummaged around my sewing supplies and found that I had all the materials I needed (except a zip) to make the bag shown on the front cover.

I loved this book and instead of sending flowers to a niece who has just had a major op, I sent her a copy. She loved it as well.
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Didn't rate it at all, sent it back
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I have to say I bought this book purely on reviews of others and I am not at all dissappointed. full colour pictures and the projects I have done come out looking like the book. Any bag making enthusiast must get this first class book.
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If you have never made handbags before, this is a good starting point. The patterns are at the back of the book and you have easy to follow instruction. I also found the bags a bit on the small side, so instead of 165% enlargement, I opted for a 180% enlargement - it seems to have worked better for my not so ladylike hands. The purse that goes with the handbags is just a square with a zip - nothing special. I have made 4 of the bags in the collection and will make more to develop a good technique for designing and making my own bags.
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Fab fab fab. Brilliant book, easy to follow instruction, and some really lovely bags to make. As soon as it arrived I just had to make one of the bags! In no time at all I had made my first. Buy it!
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