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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,624 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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Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I have only made one of the bags so far, but I have had 2 people already ask if I will make them one, they look so good. The instructions are easy to follow and with patterns to make 20 different bags even if you only make a couple then you have covered the cost of a couple of dressmaking style patterns. It is easy to adapt the bags to your own style and embellishments.
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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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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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Format: Paperback
Being new to bag making but not to nearly every other type of craft, I couldn't wait to see what this book had to offer. I particularly wanted a vintage spin on what I made and hit pay dirt first time out of the gate with this gem of a book!

Flicking through the pages outside the post office (that's how much I couldn't wait) it had me heading for the fabric shop at top speed.

Not only is it well laid out and easy to follow but I found myself mentally designing my own versions and the colour pallets I would use which bored the pants off the family!!!! The only problem is now I don't know which one to start with!!!!

GET IT!
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I've owned this book for a few years now. There's no word other than AMAZING to describe it! The Author, Emma Brennan, is a very clever lady. She explains everything, from which materials to use, to how to attach fastenings, and where to sew your "handmade by..." label in. Each bag is well-explained with plenty of photos and details. She even gives ideas on how to make the same bag with different fabrics for a totally different look. I've made many of these bags now and never run out of ideas. My favourite is the "Vivien" bag, luckily I found the exact same fabric as what the author made hers in, I looooove it!
This book has kept me inspired for years now and will continue to do so for many more years to come.
I'd recommend this book for beginners through to advanced. I'm very experienced in many different crafts, even though I knew most of the basics I still found this book very helpful with all the basics that can easily be forgotten and a lot more advanced things that the author explains in a real simple manor.
A must-have for all bag-makers!
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I have been making bags for a few years now and was hoping that this book would offer something different or inspiring. Not knowing what I was getting (because there are no pictures to accompany the book, other than that on the front cover), I bought it anyway - based on all the rave reviews.
My heart sank when I finally opened it. The patterns are mundane, the scales unexciting, the fabrics used predictable. Basically the book is unimaginative and with so much talent out there, why are unimaginative books still being published? And why do people think this book is so good? I have given it three stars because it obviously teaches the basics of construction - and if you know how to enlarge a pattern with a photocopier and you are okay about changing the working designs and textiles from those prescribed you might come up with something worth spending so much time and effort on. But why bother buying this book if you have to do so much just to make what they're offering interesting?
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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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