Carpet Bag

Intimate Apparel, by Lynn Nottage
Ohio University, 2016

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The carpet bag was made from a single scrap of upholstery fabric, which was then interfaced with a thick muslin.  The seams were reinforced with plastic boning to provide some vertical strength. The bottom of the bag was structured with a stiff board placed between the outer fabric and the inner lining. The handles were made from upholstery piping cord wrapped in the appropriate fabric and hand stitched back on itself. The carpet bag was lined with a matching fabric and had one inner pocket. The bag was used to carry a corset, travel sewing kit, a man’s jacket, and several letters.