Jenny La Fleur
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help me be a bag lady
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nuranar From: nuranar Date: June 13th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC) (link)
I have one of those, too! :) My understanding (from the CW years) is that bags like that aren't necessarily inaccurate, but they're uncommon because big skirts made big pockets easy to hide. So unlike Regency, bags aren't really necessary. That might be part of why you're having trouble finding examples.

That said, I have seen some bags in CDVs. One, in Who Wore What, was a small frame handbag. You know about misers' purses, too, which are solely for money. There's also a fashion plate that shows a fabric bag that's basically a fabric rectangle with an envelope flap. It's not too bag; maybe 5" x 7". It appears to hang from the waist instead of being carried in the hand or on the wrist. It cord fastens at the top corners and hangs maybe 12" down from the waist.

As for fabric, it depends on what you means by "plain fabric." I would not match the outfit, certainly! Otherwise, my instinct says to make it in something nice but not too delicate or light-colored. A heavier silk or wool. Personally I'd avoid tapestry-look stuff, since it's hard to find an accurate pattern and it's overused for faux carpetbags and stuff. :p

I honestly don't know about later periods, but I'm pretty sure that pockets hid in bustles as well. Maybe that would be easier? At least in the 1860s bags were small, when they were used, and carried only money and maybe a couple other small, lightweight articles. The gathered bag I have can carry my camera, phone, keys, and small wallet; but it doesn't look right, being heavy and bulgy. So now I carry heavier, bulkier items in my pockets whenever possible.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 13th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Humm... I think pockets would ruin the line of my skirts and be less slimming through the hips so I'd prefer a bag. Umm...

By "plain fabric" I meant unadorned, no beads, no ribbon embroidery, no tassels, no crochet etc - definitely no tapestry fabric here! :>
nuranar From: nuranar Date: June 13th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Definitely don't do pockets if they affect the skirts! :)

Unadorned should be just fine, in my opinion. Tassels I could believe, also braid patterns, since they were popular on outerwear and therefore somewhat sturdy; but beading and embroidery seems too foofy for the time and use. Definitely not crochet or lace. Go for it!
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