Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review:Making Vintage Bag

Making Vintage Bags by Emma Brennan is a book that takes you in to the early-mid 1920-1950's style purses and handbags. It is a book which focuses on vintage style purse patterns and hadbags and may be liked by many people who love the vntage look or have vintage fabrics stashed somewhere.The book has about 20 patterns i.e 5 bags from each era Honestly, I am not too happy with this book for more then 1 reason. The book kas too much repition of the same kind of purses I felt. Secondly it lacks quiet a lot of details which a novice sewer would like I am sure even advance sewers would appreciate.I also am not happy with the way instructions are written, I think the editor could have paid a little more attention to that and lastly I am not a fan of copying and enlarging pattern pieces especially from hard bound book as it is never easy to copy them.
I think and it is just my personal opinion that the book may appeal to some however I feel alot different paterns could have been created by being a little more creative and using those pretty fabrics. I think as the author herself teaches she could have written it in more detailed way for a novice sewer.
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.
Pros: Book will take you back to those period with those bags
Cons: Repetition of same pattern and lack of explanation
Overall: Nice Book
Books can be purchased at Amazon
Picture and Author Bio copyright of Guild of Master Craftsman
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