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Wiesn Dirndl

Added Sep 8, 2008

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






It’s Oktoberfest season! In honor of our company and founders’ roots, we are offering this beautiful dirndl pattern. Based on the historical dress of Alpine peasants, the dirndl is the traditional dress of southern Germany and Austria. In Munich, wearing a dirndl is still a normal way to dress. We can’t wait to see how you all interpret this pattern!

Material Notes

cotton, linen, buttons




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Linen



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    Aug 12, 2013, 05.32 PMby Sandra Martel McKinney Dent

    I am making this dirndl using these instructions for Burda 8448 (view B), since I can enlarge them and then add my own notes to them.

    Attaching the piping trim — I found was easier to baste/sew to one side by hand first.

    Some changes I did to the pattern; I did flat-felled seams for the center back added an interlining and lining to the bodice and nearly lost my eyesight doing the gathering for the apron and skirt (did by hand with embroidery floss).

    I’ve made a dirndl using the Folkwear Pattern, but I am very pleased with how this is turning out.

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    May 30, 2012, 07.06 PMby Ingvild Schmedling

    Totally screwed up my first attempt, now following Grosgrain’s instructions – much tidier!

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    Sep 22, 2011, 08.30 PMby Windmagician124

    These pattern instructions are incredibly confusing. I definitely recommend going and checking out Grosgrain’s tutorial to help you get through it.


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    May 31, 2011, 03.16 AMby Dani Restercher

    http://www.opheliablaimer.de/sodcms_trachtenmode_mp4ms34mn1.htm here is some inspiration for beautiful creations!

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    Oct 15, 2010, 01.41 AMby coacheshoffman

    I am trying to make this pattern and I am utterly confused! Did anyone else have this problem?

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      Oct 17, 2010, 01.42 PMby Becky Hogue

      YES! I was confused too. Absolutely horrible instructions. Thankfully I clicked on the yellow dress by Grosgrain in the finished projects section above. She puts it together a little differently using a zipper in the back. I didn’t use the zipper, but it helped me figure out making the button placket.

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    Sep 1, 2010, 11.17 AMby elizabeth-of-online-fabric-store

    This a lovely dress. In the right length it could be a Renaissance costume as well as Octoberfest.

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    Jun 20, 2010, 02.44 AMby sarcasmqueen

    Visually, this is a great pattern and I’m DYING to get working on the project but I cannot get my pattern to print; all that will print is the general instructions and not the pattern itself. I am completely stumped as to where to post to ask for assistance from the webmaster or whoever runs the section having to do with problems. I am new to this site (OBVIOUSLY) and need intense guidance and help!

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    Jan 15, 2010, 07.02 AMby melissaann-1

    I love dirndls. This is terrific! Here is a great site for dirndl inspiration:http://www.trachten-angermaier.de/home/index.php

    I own two second-hand Austrian dirndls that I picked up in Italy. They are a lot lower cut than the Weisn dirndl. Is that another regional difference or is it more about commerciality?

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      Jun 3, 2010, 05.45 PMby lydster

      It’s commerciality. If you go to the Wiesn, you’ll see a lot of younger women with very low cut dirndls (and lots of cleavage). Modern dirndls are often made to look “sexy”, but the original dirndl was actually a work dress .

      May I ask – do you sometimes wear your dirndls?

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    Dec 1, 2009, 12.56 AMby Laura Jackson

    I just paid for this pattern and the instructions downloaded okay, but not the pattern…any tips?

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      Jun 20, 2010, 02.45 AMby sarcasmqueen

      I had the exact same problem and I’m still waiting for some help…hope you haven’t waited 6+ months to get a download.

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    Nov 24, 2009, 11.00 AMby leighdi

    How hard is it to adjust the pattern to fit someone that is size 34?

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    Jan 26, 2009, 01.41 PMby melbert

    This pattern almost identical to a dirndl pattern I already have – Burda #8448. I like the fabrics that you choose. This is a very easy pattern to work with. The only tricky part I have is when I do the front facing. It’s sometimes hard to turn all the layers under and still catch the piping in that front facing at the cleavage. All in all though, I do like this pattern.

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      Aug 4, 2010, 01.35 AMby clarebear118

      i’m up to the part with the piping and i’m really confused! could you explain what it is they’re telling me to do? i don’t understand the instructions at all!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 12.24 AMby kartenatelier

    Hello from Munich. There really are a few German girls that left comments about the “traditional” dress of ALL Germans… I am Bavarian and I have a dirndl but as some others already said, it is more like a costume. At the Oktoberfest almost everyone is traditional dressed because its fun but I would never ever where my dirndl on an usual day. It is really funny to see that still everyone all over the world thinks we run around in lederhosen and yodel… Enough of that, the pattern really is great and looks original!!! Dani

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    Oct 24, 2008, 04.38 AMby baerbelborn

    Hey, I wasn´t here for a while (again) and see you gave a pattern that I choosed for my Burdafashion sewalong! It´s good to see you charge some coins for it, because at our end we have to pay for the same pattern… But another word about the german “style”: It is true that the rest of Germany is really annoyed if we are mixed up with bavaria! But a Dirndl is a traditional pattern, that you can compare with ancient close fitting dresses and tops. For me, it´s a bit “mediaeval” if I can say so. I still have to make my Dirndl, and for me there is nothing bavarian in it. For me it´s very sexy and fashionable! I love it! Baerbel, from the Rheinland :-)

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    Sep 30, 2008, 09.39 AMby aml

    As some other Germans stated above: Please do not confuse Bavaria and the whole of Germany. Bavaria is but one region of Germany and most of the rest is pretty different and people are easily offended if you think all of Germany is like Bavaria. Outside of special festivities I’ve never seen anybody wear a Dirndl. Nice pattern though you would like go to the Wiesn.

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    Sep 27, 2008, 10.29 AMby resi

    Very nice pattern. People would really stare at you if you would wear a dirndl outside Wiesn. And you shouldn´t refuse Bavaria and Germany ;)

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    Sep 15, 2008, 02.50 PMby pinksalamander

    To be honest this isn’t exactly my style, but I’d love to see some peoples casual daywear versions of it. I’m wondering if a shortened version with a simple shirt underneath might be good as a simple outfit.

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    Sep 13, 2008, 09.07 AMby amandahill90

    lovely! well done x

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    Sep 12, 2008, 08.19 AMby inge

    As a real Munich Dirndl I have to announce that Dirndels rock!!! For example…lollipop & alpenrock. This could be a challenge for a competition!

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    Sep 11, 2008, 05.40 AMby davyjonesoverlocker

    I was in Munich in late July/early August and saw quite a few women in dirndls and men in lederhosen and feathered hats.

    I loved it. I think it’s pretty. I don’t know that I’d wear it as is but I like that people do!

    next up – salwar kameez!

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    Sep 11, 2008, 12.39 AMby erin

    There is another important thing about the dirndl: When you tie the loop of the apron, you have to pay attention on which side you tie it. If you are married or have a boyfriend, you have to tie it on your right side, if you are single, you have to tie it on your left!

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    Sep 10, 2008, 12.29 PMby karesa

    Precious! Vaguely less costumey in a shorter length, i think.

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    Sep 10, 2008, 01.56 AMby ghainskom

    No SFox, the dirndl is typical in Bavaria, in the south of Germany only…

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    Sep 10, 2008, 01.53 AMby klaartje

    Personally i wouldn’t wear a dirdl, but I think it is a very wel done pattern! The bodice is fitting the girld nice and tight, so, wel done, and very creative burdastyle team! :)

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    Sep 9, 2008, 10.47 PMby synthetase

    well, being in cincinnati, i would have someplace to wear this… i’d still make it in black though.. :)

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    Sep 9, 2008, 07.02 PMby sfox

    I think those drindl skirts are cute. Do they wear them all over Germany? Is there a apron with the skirt? I want to make one my anscestors came from Germany. I want to go visit. So I would take my drindl with me.

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    Sep 9, 2008, 05.29 PMby benedikta

    Hey Louise,

    You HAVE to find a photo of your daughter in that dress, I am dying to see it!!

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    Sep 9, 2008, 01.25 PMby louiseindritz

    I have this pattern and enjoyed making something with historic meaning. My daughter wore hers as a costume portraying “Belle” from the Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast”. She wanted the colors very simple, blue dress with white blouse and apron, like in the cartoon. When I get a photo of her in it (she doesn’t like photos!) I will post it.

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    Sep 9, 2008, 11.35 AMby benedikta

    Hey Sushi, There is a link in the credits to the place where we got the fabrics from!

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    Sep 9, 2008, 11.29 AMby sushi

    :):) I always hated Dirndl’s cos I had to wear them at work in my hometown in Tyrol. But since I moved abroad I love everything tradional. And the ones here look a lot better than my old ones. love the fabric u picked!

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    Sep 9, 2008, 11.04 AMby ghainskom

    I see a hidden corset pattern in there…

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