Needful items are a girl's best friend
weather it be modern, primitive or Civil War Era
It is all about the accessories.....
I have been diligently researching the 1860's
Civil War Era
Finding and making all the needfuls a lady of this era requires.
I want to share with you what I think is period correct and what
I will be using at the 150th Anniversary
reenactment of the Wilson's Creek Battle
in Republic, Missouri
Vintage fan for keeping cool in our Southern heat.
Leather covered journal for taking notes
and recording addresses of new found friends.
Vintage loose powder compact to keep the shine off my nose
an "old" leather coin purse to hold my funds.
Black well worn gloves,
Black sash with brown belt buckle.
Handmade crochet lace collar purchased off Ebay
from a lady that stated her Grandmother made it for her...
How perfect, I love it.........
A black cameo pin is needed to complete this neckline,
I have one...just have to find it.
Under sleeves handmade by myself.
Under sleeves were easier to wash than the entire dress.
They were used daily for practical purposes or to
enhance your dress.
Handmade by myself, tutorial will follow.
I researched bonnets and hats till I was blue in the face,
so many styles~~all so pretty.
I needed the right look for my dress
decided a simple straw bonnet decorated with
handmade ribbon flowers
coffee dyed crochet lace and
coffee dyed cheese cloth looks like fragile "old lace"
My handmade bonnet will be featured later.
The items I chose not to use were:
Corset and Corset Cover
Petticoat, however I am wearing a 3 bone hoop skirt
Long stockings with garters
No parasol but would probably need one
Handmade Mushroom Purse
designed by myself but patterned after
a vintage purse I saw in the Sauder Museum
in Berryville, Arkansas
Using a bowl to make the round bottom
Fold bottom in half and then half again
this will aid in gathering the sides to bottom
The side or body of the bag is 1 1/2 times the
circumference of the bottom circle.
I then added 3 tucks near the bottom for interest
Next I sewed on black braid trim
I sewed the bottom to the body gathering with small tucks to fit
This gives it the mushroom style,
the bottom tuck turns into a nice ruffle bottom
Black satin was used for lining,
using same technique except no tucks in the body
The lining sewn to the bag.
Right side of bag to wrong side of lining
turn and tuck lining inside bag
Stitch through lining and bag to form casing for straps
Insert ribbon, twill rope of your choice for straps
I forgot to mention you need to leave an opening on each side seam
1" in length to form casing and to pull the rope through.
And~~~~there it is
A vintage style top drawn purse/bag
or as I call it
My Vintage Mushroom Bag
This bag is large enough to carry my camera,
coin purse, sunglasses, small bottle of water
and a hankie for tears that will be shed.
as we honor our soldiers and celebrate history,
the battle, that is a solemn time
we must never forget what it took to keep
our country united,
home of the free...for everyone....always.