New pattern projects for Charlies Aunt

IT has been some time since my last blog (sounds a bit like going to confession when you put it like that) but that hasn’t stopped me thinking about sewing, fabric and pattern design. I guess they are not bad vices to have if you consider the options, but I think my ex-husband would disagree. He despaired of me buying reems of cloth, buttons and beads and then trying to squirrel them away surreptitiously. Anyway, now I only have myself and my customers to please, I can justify not having a square inch clear of tweed, tape measures, pins, paper or interfacing.

It looks like the two new Charlie’s Aunt patterns for Indygo Junction will be ready for purchase by the end of February. I am very excited about them both. I have had to streamline operations at Charlie’s Aunt a little to accommodate my writing job, but I am hoping to produce two new PDF patterns for spring (about April time) and another two printed patterns in September.

There is no doubt that the patterns have got off to a flying start and I am keen to keep coming up with new ideas. So far, I have mainly produced patterns for bags/purses, with the odd hat pattern and textile necklace tutorial. If I have time, I would like to add a couple of hat PDF patterns and maybe even some clothing patterns.

I used to design and make clothing for several years and people often asked if my patterns were available (at the time they weren’t). Seeing how successful the TV drama Downton Abbey has been, and gazing nostalgically at the costumes, I realised that many of them were very similar to my designs. I used to focus on clothing from the late 1910s and early 1920s, which is just the period in which Downton is set. Anyway, it got me wondering if anyone would be interested in clothing patterns – influenced by period style, but with a modern twist – a bit like I do for the bags and purses. I would be interested to see if this is something my customers might like. I wouldn’t start with anything too fancy. Maybe a simple sailor-collared jacket and a couple of tops, dresses or tunics. I have put a few pictures on here of some of the designs I used to produce. Some are modelled by my lovely sister, Sarah (who passed away 10 years ago from breast cancer) and others are my cousin Melissa. She still models my bags for me. These designs would be a bit involved to use as patterns, but they give you the general drift of the style.

Even if they never see the light of day as patterns, I thought it would be nice to show a few of them off. Let me know what you think on Facebook or by email at

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