The “Slightly Snow White” Dirndl Bodice, Skirt, & Apron
⁃ Fabric: bodice is leftover yellow linen from upholstery days, blue apron fabric is cotton trachten fabric, and skirt is broadcloth
⁃ Pattern: bodice is Burda’s Bodice #118, apron is self-drafted, skirt is self-drafted
⁃ Year: 2011
⁃ Notions: bodice – white floral trim, hook/eye closures, apron- none, skirt – zipper
⁃ Time to complete: spare bits of time since August
⁃ First worn: this week around the house
⁃ Wear again? maybe parts of it… dunno about all three together
⁃ Total price: 20 EUR (apron fabric 8EUR, blue skirt broadcloth 12EUR)
It’s been a marathon of design and illustration projects since the end of August, and I’m glad to be back. Believe it or not, August is when I started this gambit thinking I’d have a dirndl in time for this year’s Oktoberfest! Oh well. A bit about dirndls and Oktoberfest…
Munich, where I currently reside, is where Oktoberfest originated in order to celebrate a royal wedding back in 1810. As was stated in the comments section of Tempest’s Dirndl project, dirndls and Trachten (traditional costumes) are worn year round for special occasions (weddings, dinners, nights out) here in Bavaria, but they are seen most often during Oktoberfest which is from mid-September to early October. This being my fourth Oktoberfest, I wanted to make my own dirndl, and was so close to finishing the bodice when a flood of projects came in – yay work! – to the detriment of my sewing habit.
Now that things are settled down again, I finished all three outer elements of the dirndl. But, this was not before a friend of mine came over while the yellow bodice and skirt fabric lay on my sewing table, still unfinished, and pointed out it looked like Snow White’s outfit. Sure enough, I looked it up and it’s a reverse of Disney’s version of Snow White with her blue dirndl-like outfit and yellow skirt. That was definitely not what I was originally going for, but now I can’t undo this association. Maybe it’ll make a nice Halloween option next year?
I’m wishing…. (singing in impossible falsetto) I’m wishing… for a dirndl I loooove…
Tiny tip about bow-locations (dirndlschürze binden) on dirndl-aprons during Oktoberfest…
- Wearing the dirndlschürze bow on the right signifies that you’re married/engaged/not looking.
- Wearing the apron bow on the left means you’re single and available.
- Wearing it on the back tells the world you’re a widow.
- And, wearing it on the front… a waitress? virgin? of loose lady? Not sure.