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Dirndl Top

Added Jul 16, 2008

by stephiaffi

Vienna, Austria






I made this using the sloper pattern from this page. I lenghtened the pattern and left the darts open at the bottom back. I used beige lace for the edges and made the shirt with buttons at the front so I woudn’t need a zipper. Although not intentional the top reminds me very much of Austrian Dirndl-wear (like the ladies who serve beer in the mountains ;) I like it!

(I also had to tuck in the neckline with two darts on each side because it was very wide – I’m not entirely happy with this solution and also don’t know why it turned out that wide to begin with – any suggestions on how to change the neckline without using these darts??)

Material Notes

white cotton, beige lace, silver buttons




Garment Type

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    Aug 2, 2016, 06.49 AMby laurenelliott23

    Nice Top.

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    Aug 28, 2010, 03.48 AMby burlapbag

    I really like this. You inspired me to try this pattern as a first project ( haven’t sewn in years but Burda has given me the itch to start making a few things.)

    As a test, I recycled a t-shirt that was a couple of sizes too big. and was pleasantly surprised. Couldn’t believe how well, and how comfortable it fits. Now i’m looking for the perfect fabric to make something nice, though next time I will lengthen the bodice a little. Anyway, your top is lovely!

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    Aug 26, 2009, 05.24 PMby vwith

    If you look closely at your photo of the front of the garment, you could draw a line from the top of the front pattern darts to the bottom of the neckline darts you added. Next time I would redraw the pattern front into two pieces—sort of princess style. Make the dart sewing-lines the cutting edges, then add seam allowances. Alter your facing, if any, to match.

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    Jul 28, 2009, 01.33 AMby tschasta

    sensationell – schaut echt ziemlich nach trachten-oberteil aus, gefällt mir auch sehr gut

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    Feb 23, 2009, 03.08 PMby lfcoats

    As for the neck, another solution would be to add a drawstring that ties at the neck. I had a shirt from american eagle that had the same lines and a drawstring. It made the bust gathered for a nice effect.

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    Jan 30, 2009, 02.57 AMby ichigogirl

    Really nice, I like it! With the extra darts too (but my know-how seems made for this project, fun!). But I have a kind of love for darts and seams, the contruction of garments…

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    Dec 30, 2008, 06.32 AMby luluann

    I think all the darts look great. Looks like it was supposed to be that way. You’ve inspired me to try to make one myself!

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    Sep 16, 2008, 11.14 PMby s0mmer

    Your fit of your top is very nice, excellent job.

    To eliminate the neckline darts you can draft them out. Copy the pattern you used, mark the location of the neckline darts, then cut the darts out of the pattern and tape the edges together. The pattern will have a little bubble where you took out the dart but that’s not a problem. The portion of fabric that was contained in the darts has now been removed from your pattern :)

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    Jul 20, 2008, 07.30 AMby rebexy

    The fit is just amazing!

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    Jul 17, 2008, 02.26 PMby stephiaffi

    Thanks JJ for these great links…I keep having these same problems…I will try alter future patterns I work on with the help of these links

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    Jul 16, 2008, 10.44 AMby mirela

    It is lovely! Those darts look intentional.

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    Jul 16, 2008, 07.52 AMby lybu

    Very nice shape

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    Jul 16, 2008, 06.33 AMby jj1

    Nice blouse.

    Ok I’m not expert in fitting but I think the neckline gap came from your fuller bust. If they are larger than B cup, you should choose pattern according to your upper bust and alter the cup by using burda workshop. http://www.burdafashion.com/en/Service/Workshops/Workshop_The_problem_-_large_bust/1000001-1487353-1227467.html

    Other interesting article for neckline gaping.http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/nmt037_08.asp?

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    Jul 16, 2008, 04.41 AMby bob28

    I think the blouse is nice and you don’t have to make the nick any smaller what you could do is to make in black and white targer color

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