There's a new zippered bag pattern on the market - the Retro Reticule. Designed by Rochelle, from eSheep Designs, the Retro Reticule is a zippered pouch with a difference, and in her own words is a salute to a simple vintage purse design from yesteryear, with a couple of updates.
I was lucky enough to test the Retro Reticule pattern and thoroughly enjoyed the process. The bag sewed up very easily following the comprehensive and well set out directions.
The fabrics I chose all come from the same fabric line ~ Figures, by Zen Chick, for Moda Fabrics. I bought a fat quarter bundle early last year, and it really does make co-ordinating fabrics much easier for me.
Although the bag is designed to be carried via the wrist strap when threaded through the loop, there's no reason you couldn't also carry it un-looped, making the bag even more versatile.
The PDF includes pattern templates, with complete pattern markings - fold line, grain line, etc. The only pieces to be cut from measurements are the zipper tabs, loop and wrist strap.
Inside is a handy zippered pocket, making three compartments in all. If you're scared of zips, don't be. They're not as hard as you might think, and Rochelle's instructions are very detailed.
The small bag is deceptively roomy, although with the strap looped through, it holds a little less. As an evening bag, there'd be plenty of room for all the essentials.
I've made good use of my Retro Reticule, using it several times already, although perhaps not for its intended purpose. My new bag has become the perfect way to carry my hexie projects when out and about. Scissors, needles, wonder clips and thread are contained in the small middle zippered purse and the other bits and pieces fit well into the other two compartments. The whole bag slips easily into my leather handbag.
Rochelle, you've designed a fabulous bag and written a great pattern!!! I have plans to make another Retro Reticule, but with a modification to the strap, making it longer and replacing the loop, so the bag becomes a small shoulder bag or cross body bag. But that's for later in the year.
For more information on the Retro Reticule, head over to:-
- eSheep Designs blog
- eSheep Designs Craftsy store where the pattern is on sale for a short time
- Non dago titarea? - pattern testing by Nekane