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« on: September 25, 2009 12:54:08 PM »

Hey there,
I'm having some gypsy garbing issues with carrying stuff around at the Renaissance faire. I have 2 small pouches that I attach to my belt. But by small I mean slightly larger than the average camera case. They are small because if I dance with anything larger they flop around (and that's always attractive) or could fall off. With a big 25 yard gypsy spinning skirt + coin belt, scarfs and attached jewelry bits my waist is already pretty well weighed down by stuff. Only Issue is, if I buy something or want to carry favors to give people or whatever--I have to carry an additional purse around my shoulder, which I either have to put down to dance or play a game, make my boyfriend begrudgingly carry, or worry about it swinging around and hitting someone during a barrel turn! (wouldn't want that, despite my ditzy character. rofl)

Anyway, I was trying to devise a way to carry an additional bag, but not have it on my waist or shoulder. I was thinking about maybe making a small backpack purse, but I was wondering if there would be a more accurate or simply a better way to carry things while not limiting movement. Any links or pattern recommendations would be helpful too!

Thanks in advance for any helpful ideas,
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009 03:27:17 PM »

According to someone I asked who knew gypsies in the mid 1900s, they carried their stuff in a large cloth, possibly with a fringe, sort of like a blanket but thinner. I'm not sure of the technical term for it. They would tie it so the pocket area would sit at their back/side and it would go over one shoulder, across the chest (like a messenger bag). Probably not very practical for dancing, but it's at least accurate for some group of gypsies somewhere. You could try to do something like that but have some pockets sewn in on the inside so your stuff didn't go flying out with any quick movements.
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009 11:07:28 AM »

How about a basket?  A largish oval one with a handle so you can carry it in the crook of your arm and it rests on the hip for additional support.  Yes, you will have to put it down when you dance, so just don't leave money or expensive stuff in it.

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2009 12:18:17 AM »

N30Nb is right about the fringe blanket that gypsies carry. That is similar to where the gypsy handbags of today came in.

You can make a pretty soft blanket, gather it bag style and secure with rope and fix the rope where it can fit on your shoulder.

If you have time I would just make a gypsy bag similar to above idea. Use elastic to gather the top of the bag and use a pretty soft rope for the strap.You can make it as big as you want.

I have friends doing KC's RenFest right now. They are doing two different things. Beautiful costumes this year but I haven't got to see the gypsies yet. Last weekend was gypsy week. Sad I was so disappointed because I would have went. I have a lot of gypsy ancestry in my Mother's family. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2009 12:39:46 AM »

Something I've done before is created a drawstring muff like bag think like a tube but with a drawstring on each end and a long scarf or belt sewn to it.  Think period fanny pack. When you wear it around your waist it sit on top of your bum and doesn't swing around too much when you dance around if you have it tied tight enough.

When you need to get to the stuff inside you can just reach behind you and untie a side OR pull it over to your hip if your not good with doing stuff behind your back. I like this type of bag because its easy to feel if someone is trying to get into it. You just need to be careful the ties don't get loose.
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