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This linen shirt, or tunic, is from 11th century Viborg, Denmark. The body was made from one piece of fabric, and lined with the same fabric from shoulder to waist, both in front and back. The lining was attached to the front piece with a (special ???) seam. The side-seams extended from shoulders to the waist, but not beyond that, even though the shirt went down to the knees. But because (below the waist) the back was made wider than the front, they overlapped on the sides, making up for the lack of seam. The hem around the neck continued and tapered into 2 strings whoch could be tied together. Eight different types of seams were used in this model. The width of the loom was approximately 95 cm although none of the pieces are wider than 54 cm.


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Based on: Cut My Cote; Dorothy K.Burnham;The Royal Ontario Museum; 1973; MacKinnon-Moncur

Patterns of extant garments - Shirts and Chemises, part 1
Copyright Martina a Martin Hřibovi 2006