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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.

Sizing info:
The Bircham Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are: Height 10” (25cm), width at widest point 13.5” (34cm), darted base width 2”/5cm approximately and strap length approx. 38” (97cm)

Materials needed:
1/3 yard (32cm) of 60” (154cm) width, or ½ yard (50cm) of 44” (112cm) width main exterior fabric
¼ yard (25cm) of 60” (154cm) width or 1/3 yard (32cm) of 44” (112cm) width contrast exterior fabric
2/3 yard (62cm) of 44” (112cm) width lining fabric 2/3 yard (62cm) of 36” (92cm) width firm sew-in interfacing
1/3 yard (32cm) of 36” (92cm) width fusible interfacing
40” x 5” (105cm x 14cm) of fusible web
1 magnetic snap
3 buttons

The pattern:
This PDF has 23 pages—12 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions with diagrams, and 11 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. If you wish to make a few bags from Charlie’s Aunt sewing patterns or books to sell, please read the rules in the "additional information" section of our designer page.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.