Now for something completely different....
This link will take you to something called an "Information Pack" that was prepared by the Petrie Museum about the surviving garments and textile remains in its collection from Ancient Egypt. (There are other routes to the document in question, just Google for "Petrie textile pack.") The Information Pack was supposedly prepared for 14-16 year olds who are studying textiles, but what makes it interesting from a costumer's standpoint is that it provides directions on how to make replicas of various items in the collection, which include several linen garments that might have been either inner or outer garments, a sprang cap, a beaded overdress, and lots more.
There are several examples of a type of linen tunic, referred to as a "Deshasheh dress", that is styled a lot like the so-called "Eura dress reconstruction" (illustrated here in a paper by Jenny Kangasvuo). Unlike the Eura dress, the Deshasheh dress consists of only three pieces--two sleeve pieces (each of which wraps around the shoulder and down to form half of the bodice as well) and a cylindrical piece that covers the rest of the body.
I have been making a lot of shifts lately; round-necked, tie-necked, keyhole-necked, and the Manazan shirt with its interesting collar closure. Maybe the Deshasheh shirt should be next? I'm seriously thinking of adding it to my projects list for 2010. There are other interesting designs that would be fun to make up in linen (the fabric most used by the ancient Egyptians!) too.