Why I am making a dirndl???
Short and Sweet: Last year, I attended an Oktoberfest shin-dig at this bar in Alameda and loved it.
This year, my friends and I are going again, and we are all dressing up!
There are not many dirndl patterns on the market, so I decided to try Folkwear’s Austrian Dirndl. Why Folkwear? I’m not gonna lie, it’s the sketch on the front cover. I mean, c’mon…that’s cute as hell!
|Folkwear Pattern #123. |
Sketch by Gretchen Sheilds
Of course, I fully intend to change and “tweak” the original Folkwear design to what I want. This pattern is just a starting point for me, a guideline. I will create my own construction method & details.
My goal was to keep it simple and not go nuts. *um......insert laugh track here?*
I needed to research, decide on a design, and stick to the plan.
wanted needed to utilize as much STASH FABRIC as possible.
|A yummy little piece of inspiration from the Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|An example of the *better* ready-made Dirndl outfits that can be purchased online. I LOVE the trim at the neckline!|
|Holy crap, do I LOVE this dress!!! My inspiration for the skirt length and shape. Love the extra-fullness, shorter length and cartridge pleating. Just adorable!|
|Left Side: A collection of my Dirndl sketches & notes. Right Side: The fabric & trims I will be using for the dress and apron.|
So, to re-cap, I am currently creating the following:
Dirndl dress: Fitted, sleeveless, button-down bodice with knee-length full skirt attached. (Folkwear Bodice A, with button closure.)
Blouse: A crop length peasant style blouse with full sleeves. (Folkwear Blouse B, with lower front neckline.)Apron: Simple gathered apron with ties
|snapshot of flat sketches in the Folkwear pattern|
My next post will be alllllll about the fitted dirndl bodice...that was quite an adventure, and I will post very soon :)
-Kathleen in Oakland