Added Sep 24, 2009
by Jodi Wade
I made this dirndl for Oktoberfest but I didn’t finish it in time – I bought the fabric two days before I left for Munich… so I wore lederhosen to the festival instead. I got to wear this around the city though (and in my friend’s neighbour’s field). It has a buttoned bodice with attached pleated skirt, a short blouse for underneath, an apron and a petticoat. I had to completely handstitch the apron cos I didn’t have access to a sewing machine I could use. I made up my own pattern for the dirndl using my bodice sloper. For the blouse I modified Burda pattern 7831. I made it a little bigger so I wouldn’t have to use buttons, added elastic around the bottom of the back, made the neckline lower and got rid of the collar then added a ruffle.
The bodice is embroidered taffeta, the skirt is satin, the blouse, apron and petticoat are all cotton.
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