You may notice it's made from the same fabric as my Striped Bonnet. I actually made up my pattern for it based on the shape of the scraps I was left with after making the bonnet. I merely folded the oddly-shaped pieces in half and cut off the excess to make them symmetrical. But since I was experimenting and had limited fabric to work with, I first traced the pieces I planned to use onto newsprint to create a pattern, then cut them again from muslin for a mock-up. I'm glad I did, because I had to remake the mock-up twice.
|The final mock-up|
|The front, sides, and back sewn together|
|Binding down the side|
|And across the bottom|
Once all the binding was done, I punched the holes for the eyelets and treated them with Fray-Check.
|Two on front and back|
|Four along the sides|
|Closed, this worked. Open, it was a mess.|
So now I just needed to sew all the eyelets by hand:
|Aren't they pretty?|
|(Yes, I know the stripe is not perfectly centered, but I'm over it.)|
I then combed these ends out to create a soft tassel.
And my reticule was done! I took it out for a test drive today on a lovely autumnal photo-shoot in the park. I wore my Blue Day Dress with newly-added long sleeves, my matching Striped Bonnet, a green ribbon sash I bought from Dames a la Mode, vintage gloves from my collection, and my American Duchess stockings and Pemberlies. More pictures from the shoot can be seen on my Facebook page.
|Opening the purse|
|Top fully expanded|
|Closing the drawstrings|
|Which then become the handles|