It’s been a little while since I completed a challenge for the HSF 2014. I’ve either been too busy to sew (sad!) or I’ve been sewing things that haven’t remotely lined up with the HSF challenges as they came along (also sad!). This time, though, I found a little bit of time to finish up a partially completed Regency reticule, which perfectly fits challenge #8: UFOs and PHDs (click through the link if you don’t know what those acronyms mean in sewing-land!).
I was inspired by this Regency reticule pattern which is available on Etsy. I just made up my own pattern based on the image. I didn’t quite get the proportions right so mine is more elongated and a little less round, as well as not bunching up very tightly at the top due to the fabric I chose, but I’m happy with it nonetheless. Perhaps some day, I’ll try making it in a lighter weight fabric and see if I can get a more round shape and a tighter gather at the top (on the other hand, this one does hold its shape nicely… and a lighter weight fabric may not do that for me).
Fabric: Polyester upholstery fabric for the exterior and gold polyester taffeta for the lining.
Pattern: Made up by me.
Year: c. 1810
Notions: 1 tassel, gold and burgundy thread, and about 1 yd of gold silk ribbon.
How historically accurate?: Accurate in style but not in materials or use of a sewing machine… Let’s say 50%.
Hours to complete: Not many, though I didn’t really keep track since I worked on it in small bits of time.
First worn: Has not yet been used.
Total cost: Free (all stash materials)!