A rare chance to own an absolutely stunning piece of silk fabric, which is both vintage and rare, woven in Sudbury, Suffolk. This listing is for a piece of jaunty striped silk fabric that would have been destined for the designer tie, clothing and fine furnishings market. This piece has stripes in, cream, mustard, olive and grey. It measures 26" x 28" (66 x 71cm). This is a medium weight fabric, making it suitable for small clutch purses or special occasion bags with the correct interfacing.
You will also receive a set of five small vintage 'fish-eye' buttons in a toning pearlescent beige (diameter 3/4" or 18mm).
The mill that made this silk began weaving fabric in 1740, but recently closed so this fabric will never be repeated. The factory wove silk for clothing for the British royal family alongside creating fabric for many of the world’s top designers. Sudbury silk was usually only available as private commissions.
I only have one or two pieces of each of these silks - and some of which I have had in my stash for more than 20 years - which makes them pretty much unique. They are ideally suited to any of the Charlie’s Aunt clutch bag patterns, both as the main fabric and as lining fabric (although most are too good to hide inside a bag!). See the last picture of a Bon-Bon Clutch Purse made up in similar weight Sudbury silk.
As with all silk woven jacquard, this fabric has a tendency to fray when cut, but it makes up beautifully, and bags or purses look stunning when finished. This fabric curls slightly at the edges but is fine when ironed and I recommend you iron a lightweight interfacing on the back of the fabric before cutting out to make it easier. This fabric should not be washed.
This listing is for a piece of fabric as detailed above that will be posted to you at the address provided by Etsy unless otherwise stated. After we receive payment, your purchase will be shipped within 48hrs. All items are shipped via first-class mail in the UK. Insurance and/or alternative shipping methods are available on request but at extra cost. For international orders, these will be shipped airmail via Royal Mail or Parcelforce.
All international orders must be paid for using Paypal or credit card. Please pay at time of purchase. Contact us if you experience a problem with payment. If there is no payment or contact made within 3 days of purchase, your order will be cancelled and the item re-listed.
Refunds and exchanges:
We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you have a problem with your fabric, please send us a message and we will do our best to find a solution. Please check our policies for copyright information about our bag patterns.
All orders must be paid for using Paypal or credit card. Please pay at time of purchase. Contact us if you experience a problem with payment. If there is no payment or contact within 3 days of purchase, your order will be cancelled and the item re-listed.
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All printed paper patterns, fabrics, buttons and kits will be sent out by first class mail, usually within 48 hours of receiving your order. Overseas orders are sent by first class international air mail. If you want special posting options or insurance, please convo us for details and prices.
PDF patterns are either available by instant download or are emailed to the email address in your etsy profile. If you would like it sent to another address please specify the email address in the "message to seller" box at checkout. PDF patterns are emailed within 48-hours of your completed payment.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Refunds and exchanges:
There are no refunds on PDF patterns, paper patterns and kits because of the nature of the products. Please choose carefully.
Important Copyright Information:
Although all of my patterns and books are covered by the copyright and patents act, I realise that several of my customers would like to be able to make a few items from my patterns to sell, so I have decided to allow it again, as long as they stick to the following rules:
* Make no more than 10 bags in a year to sell from any one Charlie’s Aunt pattern, and up to a MAXIMUM of 40 bags in total from a combination of any of my patterns in a year. Please don’t make any more than this – I have more than 20 different sewing patterns and it simply wouldn't be fair to buy 15 and make 10 of each, because you would be adopting my entire concept that way. If you intend to make any more than 40 in a year, this would be deemed a big business and would be totally against the rules. Please respect this!
* Write on each swing ticket and in all Etsy/online descriptions the following words: “This bag was made using a Charlie’s Aunt sewing pattern designed by Emma Brennan”. A link to my Etsy shop would also be greatly appreciated. Please don’t put your own designer labels in my designs – that isn’t fair!
* Please have the courtesy to drop me a line to ask if you can make the bags to sell. This way I can keep track of who’s doing what and I can hopefully persuade you to share photos of the bags you make on the Charlie’s Aunt Facebook site.
* All items for sale must be handmade by you. Contracting with others to mass produce Charlie’s Aunt designs is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
* Distribution of the pattern pieces and corresponding instructions is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Please do not copy my patterns in any way. The words, diagrams and pictures are covered by copyright and I will pursue anyone who infringes this.
* Finally, please be respectful my designs and policies. Being allowed to make a limited number of bags from my patterns to sell is a privilege and not a right.
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