The Bocksten Tunic

The Bocksten Man is a preserved body that was found in a bog in Sweden in 1936. He dates from approximately the 14th century and is possibly the best preserved medieval bog body ever found. He died wearing a popular type of tunic from the middle ages that is now commonly called a bocksten tunic. It consists of long sleeves, triangular gores in the front, back, and sides, and square gussets under the arms. The pieces were cut in simple triangles and rectangles to conserve fabric.

The tunic I have created is slightly modified; since Florida is hot the sleeves are short rather than long, there are no gores in the front or back due to a shortage of fabric, and the tunic is cut from cotton rather than a more historically appropriate cloth such as linen or wool. Again, Florida is hot. 

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I used french seams on the interior in most places and where the gussets were attached several seams overlapped, creating a diamond of seams:

 

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Luckily the fabric is fairly thin and the overlapping seams aren’t too bulky. This is what the underarm gusset looks like from the outside:

 

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The tunic has a key-hole neckline with an outer facing. Once the facing was sewn wrong sides together it was turned to the outside, pressed, and the edges folded under and slip-stitched down:

 

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Techniques involved: french seams, rolled hems, an outer neckline facing, invisible slip stitches, gores, and gussets.

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