|New bog blouse--Front|
In an attempt to avoid this fate, I dug out the original bog blouse I had made years ago from polyester imitation linen. Surprisingly, it still fits me quite well. Because the original blouse was long enough to tuck into my bog skirt as I wished, I decided to use it as my pattern in placing the cuts for this version. Photographs of my old, poly "bog blouse" (which was also hand-sewn) and the finished product for this Challenge appear below.
My fears, it turns out, were not groundless. As I tried on the blouse-in-progress, I could tell that it was more snug through the body than the original. Worse still, the arms appeared to be too tight around the bicep and through the armpit, as I had feared, knowing that my biceps are now larger than they once were. Yet I couldn't risk not making fully enclosed seams, in light of the fact that the raw edges of the fabric were already very frayed, particularly along portions of the main horizontal seam across the back and under the sleeves. (I improvised by cutting small strips from the leftover linen pieces and stitching them over the areas where the seam allowance was closest to non-existent.)
|New bog blouse--Back|
Careful trying on of the blouse while I was finishing the seams has convinced me that the new blouse fits adequately, though it's more snug than the poly-linen version I made years ago. I'm a bit puzzled about the difference in fit, but the fact that the 100% linen I'm using frays so badly (forcing me to use more fabric width in sewing the seams) may have had something to do with it. Or maybe it's just the fact that I can't measure by "eye" very well--and that's what I tried to do in making the cuts for the sleeves.
The Challenge: #5 Bodice.
Fabric: One yard of tabby-woven 100% linen in "natural", a grayish brown, from Fabrics-store.com.
Pattern: Deduced (by others) from actual Scandinavian finds. I used my last version of this kind of garment to place the cuts for this one.
Year: 1350 B.C.E., more or less.
|My original, poly-cotton bog blouse|
First worn: Not yet. I've only tried it on to check the fit. I will try it on with the wool skirt originally made for the poly-cotton version of the blouse, and post some pictures of the outfit soon.
Total cost: $0. The fabric I got for accumulated store credit only, and the thread was originally purchased long ago for other projects.