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Fruit Reticules
To tame the wild pear... 
1st-Sep-2006 11:19 am
I bought 3 different types of green velvet today for my pear. My idea is to make a bukram bowl for the bottom and either drawstring or get a curved purse frame for the top, so I'll have to make it with 6-8 gores and I want teh seams to show as little as possible, hence, 3 types of velvet. My favorite is a linen/cotton velveteen that has a nice sheen to it and a slighly grained appearance. I think the grain will hide the seamlines well but the sheen might give it away. I also got a cotton/poly imitation of the linen that is not so shiny so it has teh graininess but no sheen disadvantage. Then I also got a plain, smooth all cotton velveteen.

I didn't find a bukram bowl shape that would have worked so I just got the yardage and will try to shape it myself. LOL! That should be fun *cough* *cough*

Is there a point at which something is too large to be considered a reticule? Or unfashionable for the time? If I use a purse frame, it will have to be at least 3" wide or I'll never be able to get anythign into it (no more than 4") but that means the bottom will have to be close to 6-7" in diameter, and close to 8-10" tall. Too much?
1st-Sep-2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Could it be a reticule if it opened at the side?
1st-Sep-2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
That was Colleency. I don't seem to be logged in, and I can't remember my password. sigh.
1st-Sep-2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Purses were called reticules starting around the 1790s & all thru the 19th century, then the term tapered off in usage by the 1910s. There was no set definition for "reticule" other than "bag a lady uses to carry things." The size varied according to fashion. They were bigger in the 1790s thru 1830s, got smaller 1840s-1860s, & gradually got bigger after that for daytime use, but remained small for evening use (they were prob. always small for evening, since a lady would carry little to a ball).

Here are some links & resources (incld. a handout) from my historical purses class at Costume College. HTH :-)
2nd-Sep-2006 02:58 am (UTC)
Because YOU ROCK!

Thanks. :-)
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