|Egtved Girl's costume*|
|Borum Eshøj woman's costume*|
For the bodice challenge, I plan to make what I'm calling a "bog blouse"; the kind of elbow-length blouse found in the Egtved Girl's grave and other Bronze Age bog finds. The challenge calls for making a "bodice," and this type of garment is as close to a separate bodice as one gets in European costume history before about 1500 C.E. or so.
The "pattern" is very simple. All you need is a rectangular piece of fabric. You make two cuts in the sides, each about equal to the distance between the desired armpit location and the desired sleeve end. Fold down the top portion of the rectangle to make the sleeves, and cut a suitably-sized slit for the head. Fold the two flaps created by the cuts toward each other, and seam together for the body of the blouse. Hem and finish the seams as necessary for your chosen fabric, and it's done! This woman made a blouse based upon the same pattern for an HSF challenge in 2013.
The original blouses of this type were made from wool, but given the poor survival rate of linen in Scandinavian soils, archaeological finds of flaxseed as early as 100 C.E., and recent evidence indicating that linen, hemp and nettle apparently were used to make fabric and clothing earlier and more commonly in Scandinavia than was previously supposed, it did not seem too speculative to make such a blouse from linen. When I got the idea for this project, I had about $13 USD worth of credit at fabrics-store.com, the web store where I buy most of my linen for Early Period projects. So I used my credit to obtain a meter of medium-weight linen fabric in a brownish-gray color the seller calls "natural". A photograph of the fabric appears on the right-hand side toward the bottom of this post.
|My fabric (photo by me)|
After I complete the blouse, I will try it on with the skirt and post photographs and relevant construction details. Eventually, I hope to have a sprang hairnet to wear with it also.
EDIT: 3/19/2014 Revised the first paragraph to say what I meant it to say originally (I haven't even gotten to cutting into the wool for the shift, so far).