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trystbat From: trystbat Date: June 13th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (link)
The English version of the Tassenmuseum is but the site can be very slow.

Tied-on pockets & inside pockets (unless extremely small) weren't worn much past hoop era bec., as you noted, they ruin the line of the skirts.

For bustle, 1870s-80s, you have lots of purse options! Small round fabric bags (aka reticules) are still used, & small structured leather bags are becoming very popular too. You can prob. find something at a thrift store/eBay/mall accessory store that would work for the later. Think 'miniature suitcase' in particular for daytime.

Metal frame purses are documentable to the 14th century & were used thruout the 19th century, plus they're fairly easy to make. Materials can be cheap -- you can find simple frames on eBay or, better still, rip apart ugly thrift store purses! My pattern & instructions are here, you just need to modify the pattern to fit the frame you find.

I have lots of purse images on my computer at home - I can go thru them tonight & send you some 1870s ones if you like.

Edited at 2011-06-13 04:51 pm (UTC)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 14th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC) (link)
You are made of awesome! Oh thanks so much, especially for the metal frame info and instructions - I've always wondered how people made those purses! I don't really have time before CosCol to play with it (so I think I'll just whip out a reticule style for now) but I'm thinking the fall will have to bring some metal frame purse experimenting. Thanks again!
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