Charlie’s Aunt is the website of sewing pattern designer, author and journalist Emma Brennan. During the past 20 years, Emma has run a small business designing vintage inspired fashions, accessories and costume jewellery alongside her career as a journalist in both broadcast and print.

Her feminine but practical designs are influenced by historical fashions, ranging from the clean lines of 1920’s art deco to the inventive spirit of the 1940s make-do-and-mend era. She uses an eclectic mix of British tweeds, silks, vintage buttons, buckles and beads to create contemporary pieces with a dash of ‘retro’.

Emma now combines working as a journalist with designing sewing patterns and writing books containing her original accessory designs for people to make themselves. She is author of the popular book Making Vintage Bags, which has sold more than 50,000 copies worldwide, and Making Vintage Jewellery. Her third book, Making Vintage Accessories was released in October 2009. The books have gained praise from enthusiastic sewers and crafters all over the world.

Because of the success of the books, in 2011 Emma launched a range of Charlie’s Aunt PDF sewing patterns, printed sewing patterns and kits for her vintage inspired handbags and accessories. All of the Charlie’s Aunt offerings are “unfussy” but with a hefty dose of 1940s inventiveness.

To purchase PDF sewing patterns, vintage and retro sewing supplies and signed books, go to our Etsy shop at http://www.charliesaunt.etsy.com or contact Emma by email. Emma is also a qualified further education tutor and runs a small number of courses in jewellery and handbag design in the UK. She writes articles and design projects for magazines on a variety of subjects. Oh yes….and one more thing, Emma does indeed have a nephew called Charlie!

Catch up with all the latest Charlie’s Aunt news or become a fan on our Facebook page. For more information on any Charlie’s Aunt products, please contact Emma.