I love making bags, and have made quite a few of my own design, but I found some books with more patterns and decided to try out someone else's design!
This is doris...
A 1030s inspired bag from Emma Brennan's book
Making Vintage Bags
There are 20 different bags to try in the book - inspired from the 20s to 50s. The book as easy to follow instructions and pattens in the back. She does assume you have basic sewing knowledge - but I think with the aid of Google and You Tube - even if you're a complete beginner, you could give these bags a go!
There are some basic techniques explained at the beginning of the book and she also suggests types of fabrics, handles and fasteners; as well as showing how to make various embellishments for your bags.
The patterns at the back of the book can be photocopied and enlarged to the necessary size; and the photos throughout the book provide a great addition to her clear explanations of the steps to make the bags.
I chose to try the doris bag - as it suited some pretty material my mum had sent me for my birthday a few months ago. I also used velcro for the closure as I didn't have a magnetic snap! Not very vintage - but simple and effective - and since you don't see the closure, it doesn't really matter!
I'm very pleased with how it turned out - a nice cute little handbag, which didn't take long at all to make!
What do you think?
Have you tried any sewing pattern books? Do you have any you would recommend?