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Austentation Downloadable Jane Austen/Regency Style Reticule Pattern- 3 Variations

Austentation Downloadable Jane Austen/Regency Style Reticule Pattern- 3 Variations

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She soon believed herself to penetrate Mrs. Elton's thoughts, and ... she saw her with a sort of anxious parade of mystery fold up a letter which she had apparently been reading aloud to Miss Fairfax, and return it into the purple and gold reticule by her side...
Jane Austen

Because the straight lines of Regency gowns did not provide room for pockets, women were forced to carry necessary items in small drawstring bags called reticules. Precursor to today's purse, the reticule provided a place to store important things (small parcels, spare change, the ever-present handkerchief, a small mirror, perhaps a snuffbox...all the rage at the time... or powder, smelling salts, and a love-letter or two) close at hand.

Reticules are relatively easy to create and require only a small amount of fabric making them the perfect accessory to any outfit. They can be created from scraps of a gown you own or in complimentary colors. This paper pattern includes cuttable pieces and instructions for three different bags, including a Round, Two-tone Round and Square shape, designed and printed by me.

Your pattern will be available to you as a downloadable PDF , suitable for printing on 8 1/2 x 11 (A4) sheets. As this is my own work, I would ask that the pattern pieces be used "per individual"-- not printed and distributed to groups and classrooms.

This style would also be appropriate for 1812 reenactments.

If you would like a custom made reticule, feel free to contact me. I'm always happy to try something new.
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