Monday, January 12, 2015

Curiously shaped purse

I had a last minute invite to an SCA event this saturday and only had one day to make something.  A 16th century dress was out of the question, mostly because I hadn't yet settled on what I wanted.  I have way too many dreams!  But something is starting to congeal >:}

So, instead, I made a... pouch.  In my studies I found a reference to three extant "lute shaped" purses.


Apparently some Italian decided that they wanted to hang a dick off their belt.  Who wouldn't?

I loosely followed the wonderful Morgan Donner's plans and made my own in about four hours.  I started with the cardboard from a 24 pack of Monsters and cut it into four full shapes (a six pack each) and three... girth expanders.


I glued all the layers together and covered them with a fake suede scrap I had in the bin.


As for the pouch, I measured the circumference of the... sac... and used it as the diameter of the semi-circle.  Finished it with a simple rolled hem.


I used a lot of glue and a lot of pins to stick a bias strip of fabric all around the edge.  The double thickness helped cover some of the glue stains.


I finished it off with golden beads along the edge and a finger braided cord.  


It went through the pleated sack and then pierced through the cardboard to tie in front.


Shit wasn't going all too awesome and I ran out of time to attach an appropriate pearl strap.


I learned a lot from this prototype.  First of all, it is necessary to embroider and bead the fabric before attaching it to the body.  Second, it is a bitch to sew through dried glue.  Lots of dried glue.  Penis Purse v. 2.0 will be made of black velvet (to match the gorgeous dress I am planning!), heavily decorated, and with some batting or padding.  The hard cardboard looks too uninviting.  Oh, and definitely needs the acorn tip.

2 comments:

  1. So.....I spend far too much time in LSG (Rav group) and all I see is a penis purse :)

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  2. I made one of these too - definitely a fun purse to wear... https://dawnsdressdiary.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/16th-century-phallic-purse/

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