The bodice is the female answer to the doublet. It performs the functions of jacket and bra all in one, and is not optional. There are even more variations on the bodice than there are on the doublet. Bodice patterns are hardly universal, but there is one available here.
The classic "wench" look is the dress of the commoner. Bodices typically have square-cut necklines (although we will accept rounded necklines), and always include shoulder straps. The "strapless" look is a modern invention, and would be considered indecent in the Period!
The bodice is actually part of the gown, and will be discussed on that page. The basic design is the same as for a peasant bodice, but it co-ordinates with or is actually attached to the skirts.
Click on the picture for a larger image:
Back to the Costume Page