Alternate Saccoccia pattern


sort of ‘side-view’ of the new pocket pattern attempt, showing a bit of the additional fullness to the bottom of the bag.


While making up the Saccoccia pocket-bags for largess, one of the women pointed out a detail in one of the photos that I’d never narrowed in on. One of the pouches seemed to have some fullness at the bottom of the pouch.

I decided to give it a try.

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Largess Saccoccia

Assortment of some of the pocket bags I worked on.

Assortment of some of the pocket bags I worked on.

Shortly after making my Saccoccia (pocket bag) I met up with a few women who play in the SCA and we made up a bunch of pocket-bags to give away as largess.

I’ll admit, I don’t totally understand largess – how do items get distributed? What do people do if they get largess that isn’t suitable for what they play? (As lovely and as thoughtful as the items might be.)
These pockets are really only suitable in style for 1575 (I think, that’s the earliest painting reference I have found) and later, and only for women – so they couldn’t go to just anyone… but all the same, doing the pocket-bags assembly-line style with a bunch of other people was quite fun, and some of us were quite happy to be getting some pockets of our own out of the experience.  Continue reading

16th century “phallic” purse

My finished purse (pouch side)

My finished purse (pouch side)

In an earlier post, I discussed the “phallic-shaped purse” (aka, the penis purse, lute-shaped purse, scissor-shaped purse, or flask-shaped purse” which, after seeing Morgan Donner’s example, I really wanted to make!

Warning -this  is a pretty image-heavy post, but I found that I was really looking at other costumers’ photos in progress for assistance, so decided to offer the same for my own!


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Historical Sew Fortnightly Blogger spreadsheet

One of the participants in the Historical Sew Fortnightly (Monthly) posted this spreadsheet link recently – I hadn’t found it yet, but found it really excellent.

It lists the challenge, item, sewer, and the blog URL to skim through some of the participants in a quick way. The challenges are listed by the era they were inspired by, so it’s easy to find things too. Such a good idea!

Check out the whole list, or add your own blog entries here: 

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1480s Florence – Saccoccia (purse/pouch)

Embellished Saccoccia - an Italian pocket/pouch

Embellished Saccoccia – an Italian pocket/pouch

Since I’m a glutton for punishment, and was still waiting for my trim to arrive for my Italian Renaissance costume, I decided to make a Saccoccia to accompany my costume. Although all of the paintings I’ve looked at only show this pocket-pouch-bag after 1575, I wasn’t seeing a lot of other pouches or purses that appealed to me (that I could make in a short time period) from artwork from my desired time period. Although it’s possible that the Saccoccia is actually too late for my costume, I decided to make one anyways.

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