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Discovering my Dirndl / mein Dirndl entdecken

New Year, new resolutions, right? I am proud to say that I have jumped into sewing my dirndl again. This is going to be a long process, done in a few spare hours every week – but this is a good thing! It means that I’ve had time to research all the new skills I am gaining and execute them well, with very few mistakes. However, it’s tough for me because if I could, I would lock myself in the sewing room for a week and just crank it out 😉

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As you may recall, I decided to cut out the bodice from white cotton fabric so I could see how it fit and make adjustments. I’m so glad I did that, because it allowed me to take in the side seams! Then I cut out all the bodice pieces from my good fabric and a plain red liner to match.

I have sewed a few seams and now you can see it taking shape – so exciting! This week I hope to install piping along the back seams, which I have never done before. Piping is one of those beautiful details that make a dress look even better, I hope I can do it – fingers crossed.

I also cut out and assembled the apron, which was fun and enlightening. The pattern was way too long (90 cm!) for the length of dirndl that I want so I will hem it once the dress is complete. Here’s a pic of the fabric before stitching:

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Gathering is the technique used to create the beautiful cinched look at the top near the waistband, and this I had also never done before.  It was time consuming, as I had to sew 7 rows of basting stitches close together to create this effect. Vielen Dank! to my Tante Viv for helping me figure it all out.

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And here it is all put together! The tie length is a bit shorter than I would like, but I think I may have a way to fix that…

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Here’s a picture of me sporting my new apron with my old (but still wonderful) dirndl. Check back for more updates on my dirndl project!

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