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Matching Dirndl Evening Wear

Added May 17, 2019

by shayrays

Edmonton , Canada

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I made matching dirndls for myself and a friend to wear for a special event. We made a few deviations from the pattern but are quite happy with the result.

I used a 1/2 “ seam allowance as they are not included in the PDF pattern. I added fabric to raise the back neckline as we did not want it dipping down. I also pinched out an inch of extra fabric from mid back to lower neck in the muslin version as it’s made for broader shoulders that we have. I also added 4 inches to my hemline to maintain the midi length with long legs. All other measurements are the same as a Burda size 38.

I added another pocket as the pattern only calls for one. This required a slightly more complicated invisible zip installation so that the pocket could still be hidden in the seam and yet not interfere with the side zipper. As soon as I got to the point of the lining being sewn to the bodice, I stopped following the directions. In many places they are vague at best, in a couple (like for the trim) the instructions are useless. Use your intuition or google search for better tutorials.

We purchased RTW crop top blouses for underneath, but significantly altered beyond recognition of their original long sleeve form. We also purchased RTW petticoats due to time constraints.

It was a fantastically fun project and this pattern is a good base to create your own unique dirndl design. I can’t wait to make another, although next time I would like to alter the pattern for a front closure, instead of the size zip.

Material Notes

Quilting cotton for the bodice and skirts.
A piece of lovely lace found on Etsy and cut horizontally in half for two aprons.
Ribbon use for the apron strings and lacing, as well as to create the hertzenruchen on the purple dress.
We used 3 sets of hooks and claps for ‘dirndl hooks’ on the purple dirndl, as we could not find proper hooks that shipped to Canada for a decent price.
Repurposed metal buttons from a suit were used on the burgundy bodice instead of lacing hooks.
Braided cording for home decor use was used to embellish the neckline of the burgundy bodice.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer, Fall
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Ethnic, Vintage, Evening Wear
Material
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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