Charlie’s Aunt is a range of vintage inspired sewing patterns, kits and supplies designed and sourced by Emma Brennan.
Her feminine but practical designs for handbags, hats and other stitched accessories 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. Emma uses an eclectic mix of British tweeds, silks, vintage buttons, buckles and beads to create contemporary pieces with a dash of ‘retro’.
The Charlie’s Aunt range includes PDF sewing patterns and printed sewing patterns for Emma’s original vintage inspired handbags and accessories. To complement the patterns, Charlie’s Aunt also stocks a small selection of vintage and retro sewing supplies such as fabric, buttons and ribbons. From time to time, there are limited edition kits and packs for making bags, hats, accessories and vintage style jewellery. All of the Charlie’s Aunt offerings are “unfussy” but with a hefty dose of 1940s inventiveness.
Charlie’s Aunt is based in a vintage-inspired townhouse in a rural village where Emma holidayed as a child. It is steeped in history and is nestled between the wild Norfolk coastline and rolling countryside. Charlie’s Aunt HQ is in a conservation area with special landscapes on the doorstep, ranging from rugged cliffs to woodland and heathland. Emma is heavily influenced by those breath-taking surroundings and this is echoed in her fabric choices.
Inspiration also comes from family stories about rural life during the war years, and happy days spent in the Suffolk countryside where Emma grew up. Photographs of her mother Anne and her friend Dianne taken in the 1950s feature on the pattern covers and kit packaging.
Emma now combines working as a local newspaper editor with designing, writing and publishing the Charlie’s Aunt range of sewing patterns. She is also the author of the popular books Making Vintage Bags, Making Vintage Jewellery and Making Vintage Accessories. The patterns and books have gained praise from enthusiastic sewers and crafters all over the world. In addition, Charlie’s Aunt was a shortlisted finalist in the Country Homes & Interiors magazine ‘My Country Business Awards’. The first Charlie’s Aunt pattern for Simplicity was also launched in spring 2018.
To purchase PDF sewing patterns, vintage and retro sewing supplies and signed books, go to our online shop at www.charliesauntshop.com or 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 on our Facebook page. For more information on any Charlie’s Aunt products, please contact Emma.