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Shepherds Purse: Reconstruction Experiments -- Crescent Shape

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It's possible that some crescent-shaped pouches involve a tubular shape with a drawstring end, similar to the shoulder bag seen in the del Barco annunciation, but in general I have taken the approach that -- other than the netted-crescent group -- items of this shape belong in the flapped-crescent group, although some may not have the flap indicated (or it may be hidden on the back side of the pouch). I've discussed prototypes of this style using unshaped cloth in the Sash section. My primary experiment with a more shaped version is described here.

I began with a rectangle of linen 27" long and 20" wide, with the long sides hemmed. I formed this into a tube that overlapped by about 1 1/2", arranged it so that the inside edge is at the top of the pouch, and then pleated each end down to a flat section 2" wide.

For the straps, I took two strips of the same cloth 5" wide and about 18" long. These were sewn around the pleated sections and then sewn together with the raw edges turned in, tapered into straps about 1" wide, with a buckle attached to one, and buckle holes at appropriate locations in the other. The outer edge (i.e., the flap) comes over the top of the pouch to the outside.

This design is extremely comfortable to wear and holds contents with great stability. For further details, see the section on experiments with attached tools, as this is the model I chose to use for those.

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