Another Reticule Rescue
A year ago I bought this lovely, antique silk reticule. This image is from the seller's listing and is used with permission:
The upper lining where the drawstrings pull through was completely shattered. The seller was forthcoming. I knew what I was getting into. Here's another of Kelly's photos:
But you know me and potentially repairable old things. They are my version of lost puppies, continually following me home.
The reticule went into the "big box of things to fix some day," and sat, occasionally glaring at me when I reached in for another puppy. I couldn't do anything until I had an appropriate lining fabric. I knew one would turn up eventually.
So remember this fantasy of an 1850s dress, which (for a time) I'd hoped to be able to wear?
The idea was to bridge the very wide gap (on me) between bodice and skirt with a very wide belt. I bought a tall antique buckle on Etsy, and a "Delicious Antique Silk Satin Remnant in Baby Pink" on eBay.
Long story short, I couldn't make it work without harming the dress, which I sold. But I still had the silk. It hadn't really worked with the dress, but coordinated nicely with the reticule.
I tore away the shattered chiffon lining, wondering why someone would have used such sheer fabric to house drawstrings. I hesitated before snipping the original, tiny, hand stitches. But my mom warned it would be too bulky if I left them.
I liked how whoever made it had cleverly hidden the raw ends of the drawstrings behind ribbon bows at either side:
It took a long time to remove the stitches. At last I was ready to place the new lining. But I didn't have any matching thread. Isn't that always the case? Time out for a trip to my local quilt shop for 100% silk thread.
I tried to be neat, without making myself crazy. I worked from the exterior, trying to place the new stitches in the existing holes. It looks better on the outside, and it's not as lumpy as it looks here (fluffy blanket on my lap isn't helping). Here's the first side completed, with one drawstring in place:
And the completed interior with both sides of the lining and both drawstrings in place:
Finally, I ironed, trimmed, tied, and reattached the silk-ribbon bows that hide the drawstring ends. The silk is shattering, but since the bows are decorative and stitched in place, they should be fine for now.
Exterior view of the completed reticule, lying flat:
And hanging from my wrist. I can't wait to use it!