And even if you aren't involved in the costume community I hope that after today you will think of these beauties as the handy, versatile, and personalized kits they can be for storing anything you can imagine.
I'm going to share two different housewives, or hussifs as they are also called. The first is from the Etsy shop of Lady Detalle,
Both shops offer a variety of unique products for both the costumer and non-costumer alike.
Lady Detalle on Etsy
The 18th or 19th Century Housewife Sewing Kit is available in the shop in both printed and pdf format. I love the ease of pdf patterns and this one is especially nice as I can just follow instructions right off my computer on the sewing table.
Next will be a pin cushion. Again created from a piece of the embroidered fabric but with minimal embroidery and layers of batting.
The pincushion seam allowances have been turned under, pressed, and basted at the corners over the batting. Some smaller pieces of batting have been added to raise the center of the pincushion. The seam allowances have been turned under and pressed on both the scissor pocket and lower pocket. Then the ivory felt backing is whipstitched to the fabric at the edges.
The bottom of the upper curved section and the bottom of each pocket is hemmed with a running stitch.
And on this particular day I choose tea and chocolate! And this hussif goes perfectly with the outfit I'm wearing today.