|My completed 18th century needlework bag.|
Here's the lowdown on the construction and the resources that inspired me:
- To start - I borrowed the measurements from this pocketbook from Colonial Williamsburg's collections (accession #1958-26) along with this workbag (accession #1953-954). I then cut my fabric so it's about the same shape.
- I sewed the sideseams with the lining attached (as described in Linda Baumgarten's Costume Close Up, p. 8) using a prick stitch, AKA the spaced back stitch.
- I left the sides open slightly for ease of use. This was inspired by the workbag pictured on p.232 of What Clothes Reveal. (Unfortunately it's not listed on CW's eMuseum.)
- I used the binding slits stitch described in A Ladies Plain Guide to Sewing (p.27) to strengthen the bottom of the slit as it seemed (seamed?) a likely spot for stress...not that I sewed it very well.
- The embroidery kit came with a thin piece of white silk ribbon for the drawstring. I will probably replace this ribbon with linen or cotton tape as I don't think the silk will survive my abuse.
|Click this image to see my (poor) example of the binding slit stitch.|
It's a simple bag to make (the embroidery only uses cross stitches) and the hand dyed silk is a real treat to work with. Unlike most of the surviving workbags I found in my research, this is not nearly as fancy. But for my living history purposes I think the simplicity is a good fit. My main criticism for this project is improving my skills at binding slits.
Forthcoming - Accessorizing my new accessory.