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German Traditional Men's Shirt

Added Oct 16, 2011

by kihli

Zurich, Switzerland






This is a so-called “Pfoad”, a german traditional men’s shirt. I made it for my husband just before we went to the Munich Oktoberfest. To make it a nice surprise for him, I took the measurements from one of his business shirts and put it together when he was not at home. Luckily, it fits him very well. The pattern is from an old Burda Special Magazine from 1987. As the pattern came only in two sizes and both were far too big, I had to downgrade the pattern, which went quite well and wasn’t as complicated as I thought. The only challenge with this shirt was to get the small buckhorn buttons. Finally, the always friendly saleswomen in my Bernina shop kindly ordered them for me, which I am very thankful for, because without the buttons the shirt wouldn’t have been the same, very traditional thing I wanted!

My dirndl which you can see on the third photo is self-made a few years ago, too! Perhaps for next year, I could make him a lederhose!

Material Notes

cotton, buckhorn buttons


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    Oct 17, 2011, 04.28 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a great idea and he looks so handsome in it! bravo!!

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    Oct 17, 2011, 03.27 AMby elaineren

    Wirklich nett! Is that a cookie around your neck?

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      Oct 17, 2011, 07.59 AMby kihli

      Tank you! It is a gingerbread heart with a quote, written with sugar in it. Thay are sold a lot on the Oktoberfest, with phrases like “I love you”, “You are my sweetie” and so on. A typical present from the Oktoberfest!

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    Oct 16, 2011, 07.38 PMby janul

    looks perfect, I´m sure my husband would love it! and you are such a cute couple :)

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    Oct 16, 2011, 05.39 PMby redredhoodie

    Looks great, very professional, just look at those side and shoulder seams!

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    Oct 16, 2011, 05.24 PMby eliseanna

    What a cute idea, and looks great!

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    Oct 16, 2011, 05.01 PMby caramia-made

    It looks awesome! I love your dirdnl too! It’s adorable :)

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