Something large enough for my hanky, mints, business cards, small note book and pencil, phone, embroidery, money purse and entry tickets. In period it would have contained:
... a fine linen handkerchief, a calling card case filled with the Lady's card, a small purse for tips, a vinaigrette, the Lady's seal, a tablet and pencil in a small case, and a tin of breath mints. Each case was probably housed in a small velvet bag to prevent scratches. Two Ackermann plates below show ladies in walking dress with reticules. Georgian Index
For reticule one, my apprentice used the pattern on the right, full instructions can be found here. She used leftover black silk from my partner's Regency tailcoat.
|Phoebe with black silk reticule|
Here is my step-by-step procedure in piccies:
|Laid out to be stiched|
|All sections stitched together, right side|
|Making the cylinder, wrong side|
|Cotton lining, wrong side|
|Lining inserted into bag|
|Stitching for ribbon lacing|
|Bag completed bar lacing ribbon|
|Lacing ribbon waiting to be inserted|
This was a very enjoyable and simple project that resulted in a very pretty reticule.