The Red Dirndl
Added May 10, 2014
This is a dirndl I made for my historical reenactment events.
I used Burdastyle patterns for the blouses and vest. The vest – red cotton with black lining – was the top part of a dress pattern. The form in general is the same, except that instead of inserting a zipper at the side I cut it open in the front to make it historically accurate. It closes with hooks and self-made loops. As for embellishment I added dark blue piping to give the vest some character. I used one side of decorative metal clasps to hold the blue lacing. I also like the fact that the construction lines of the vest are visible which slims the figure.
I made two blouses from the Burda pattern. One is made of white calico with a wider neckline. The more “modest” one is made of light cream muslin. I used rubber bands only under the bust. To gather the neckline and sleeves I added tunnels through which I pulled cotton string. To hide them I finished the blouses off with white lace.
To finish the whole outfit off I made a simple apron from white and blue checkered cotton. It’s finished off with matching ribbon.
The skirt was a German Ebay buy.
Vest – red cotton and viscose lining
Blouses – white calico and cream muslin
Apron – checkered cotton