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This is a sewing pattern for Bircham, an elegant, serviceable bag reminiscent of the styles of the 1940s but with Charlie’s Aunt’s signature asymmetrical twist. It features panels on the bag body and flap with curved seams and is made in two contrasting fabrics. It is trimmed with a flourish of buttons on the flap.
The Bircham Bag is named after the Norfolk village where there is a windmill, built-in 1846, still producing flour today.
The Bircham Bag is a neat size and is suitable for everyday use. It is suited to anything from tweeds paired with corduroy, moleskin, or velvet to heavy linens or printed fabrics. It has an interior patch pocket.
The Bircham Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are – Height 10” (25cm), width at widest point 13.5” (34 cm), darted base width 2” (5 cm) approximately, and strap length approx. 38” (97 cm).
What you will need to make the Bircham Bag:-
- 1/3 yard (32 cm) of 60” (154 cm) width, or ½ yard (50 cm) of 44” (112 cm) width main exterior fabric,
- ¼ yard (25 cm) of 60” (154 cm) width or 1/3 yard (32 cm) of 44” (112 cm) width contrast exterior fabric,
- 2/3 yard (62 cm) of 44” (112 cm) width lining fabric 2/3 yard (62 cm) of 36” (92 cm) width firm sew-in interfacing,
- 1/3 yard (32 cm) of 36” (92 cm) width fusible interfacing,
- 40” by 5” (105cm by 14 cm) of fusible web,
- One magnetic snap,
- Three buttons,
- Basic sewing supplies,
- A sewing machine.
This PDF has twenty-three pages – twelve pages including the cover, general, cutting out, and step-by-step instructions with diagrams, and eleven pattern sheets with the templates, which you must print and cut out. All of the templates are actual size and all seam allowances already added. As three of the templates are too big to fit on one sheet, you must cut out and tape these templates together where shown. Instructions for this are clear.
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