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« on: January 04, 2006 01:00:50 PM »

No, I'm not suffering from amnesia.   Wink  Just have a question...

For months now, I've been sewing small-to-medium lined drawstring pouches.  I often put long drawstrings on the bigger ones for use as purses.  BananaAmbush named them "uberpouches," which I really liked.  I tried looking up the term "reticule" online today, and it appears that reticules and uberpouches are the same thing.

Does anyone know if that's right?  Is there more to it, some feature a pouch requires in order to be a reticule?  If so, can you describe?  I'd like to try my hand at an authentic Victorian reticule.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2006 02:19:02 PM »

I found this quote at this website:  http://www.fabrics.net/joan105.asp
Does that help at all?


"In the Directoire Period at the century*s end, there was no room for pockets on slim-line clothing. A larger bag, called the reticule [ridicule] or sabretache and chatelaines which contained toilet articles were created as the newest fad to hang from the waist or to be carried.

These bags could be round, fat or square. They were adorned with tassels, fringe, lace, pipings, ribbons, silk pompoms and elaborately embroidered with what was called beetlewing, applique made of iridescent spangles, usually green, placed on black satin. Darker bags were highly decorated with beautiful bright embroidery or berlin wool--work with hand stitches so fine they could barely be discerned. Sizes of these bags increased or decreased in use according to the size of the skirts, and remained in use well into the early 1920s."
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2006 03:43:05 PM »

Thank you!!  That does help - I appreciate it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2006 03:55:45 PM »

Hey, Writer 78- if you make them out of leather, they'd be sporrans!   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2006 04:35:52 PM »

Hey, Writer 78- if you make them out of leather, they'd be sporrans!   Cheesy

You're blowing my mind!!!   Grin  Seriously, I love it that, by switching materials and renaming my one easy project, I can convince myself that I know how to sew a whole variety of different stuff.   Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2006 04:52:24 PM »

Sure, why not? If it goes around the neck and holds scissors, it's a chatelaine! Look at all the different things you can make!  Cheesy

Seriously though, I have read of reticules before, in older literature... from the context I had gathered that they were pockets that would hang from the waist, as iloveneedles describes. Didn't realize how much of an art form they had become, though. That's quite interesting.  I guess the hipslinger and fanny packs are modern equivalents.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2006 06:39:18 PM »

They didn't nessessarily hang from the waist.  In the regency period, the dresses had empire waists and the reticules had drawstrings that weren't very long, making them like little handbags.
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