They where made with pretty fabric and a pattern by Merchant and Mills. Running out of time, as always, I made myself a simple version of natural colored linnen and cotton. Functional but not spectacular.
Please remember it is not intended to be a reproduction.
However I do think she got the look quite right!
Place of Origin: United States, North America
Materials: Cotton; Wool; Silk
1816 sewing rollup of housewif
Roll up Huswif Sewing Case, ca 1830, New England
was sold at http://www.stellarubinantiques.com/
Image no longer available at the website
but definitely worth a visit.
I just love the fabrics !
Huswif from 1856
Silk Roll-up with seam covering embroidery
from about 1880.
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Up untill now I have only shown you sewing rolls on which our versions are based upon. Here are some other variaties!
An early 19th century American Canvaswork Sewing Case Pocketbook
Pocketbook pattern from Godey's Lady's book 1862
1864 Housewife for a Gentleman
Sewing case closed
Sewing case open
This one I would like to make some day.
Source: Groot Handwerkboek uit Grootmoeders Jeugd,
Ilonka & Leonard de Vries & Margrit Reij.