So I was able to transform Ross acquistions into a lovely Regency dress, but a Regency purse (or reticule) is harder to acquire in a store. Since I have scraps of lovely fabric and fat quarters laying around everywhere, I think this will be a good project to take on while I’m not on a major costume deadline (ignores 10 costumes I need to make before end of year).
Where to begin? I browsed museum collections that were readily available online. I know that reticules were often knitted or netted, but for the sake of my own sanity and ease of sewing I’m focusing on fabric-based styles. I also have tons of fabric scraps I’d love to do something with and I’m not going to teach myself to net for a reticule.
Here is a basic oval shape, but with amazing embroidered details. Construction-wise, looks like two pieces of fabric sew together. (Only noting this since other reticules get more complex.)
Less embroidery than the first one, but still lovely stitching. Cut is more geometric, but still looks like two pieces of fabric sew together. Loving the tassel action.
Another simply cut reticule.
This one has really delicate design and sequins! I love the more detailed tassels and rope around the bottom edges.
This one is a little different, but still intriguing. It appears to be this strange tubular shape. Curious about the construction here and how it would keep its shape.
Made to look like a basket, this looks far more complex than the standard.
Stay tuned for Part Deux, where I try to draft a pattern!
Have a favorite Regency reticule? Or have you perhaps made your own? Share in the comments!