Sunday, 10 October 2010

Happy Octoberfest!

We had an Octoberfest BBQ to go to yesterday, so of course, I had to find a dirndl dress in my stash! My friend lives with a German chappie, and some of us drank from stein glasses and bought European beer to celebrate!

It's not a traditional dirndl style, but is one of the easiest patterns I have for fitted dresses:


It's Simplicity 4491, has a simple bodice, gathered skirt and back zipper. And I've made it HEAPS of times! I made a skirt gathered all around instead of flat at the front like the pattern.

I always have to alter the bodice to fit me, and always forget by how much and where... this time I shorted the bodice just above the waistline, and took only a centimetre of the middle bit of the front and the back (vertical). BUT, I probably should have taken more off the shoulder straps, and (for the sake of the German dirndl style) maybe dropped the neckline a bit more.

But what do you think?





THE STATS
Fabric: IKEA cotton remnant $4
Pattern: Simplicity 4491 (circa 1960s?).
Notions: Vintage zipper 20c, vintage thread, hand me down lace for the under hem bit
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: Yesterday to the Octoberfest BBQ.
Wear again? Yes, I love it. I will have to wear heels though, because when I wear flats, the shoulders are a bit large and go all bunchy
Total Cost: $4.20 AUS

I wore a white slip underneath, with a petticoat over the top to fill the skirt out a bit. I like the big flowers on the side (it gives the dirndl apron effect, without making it costume-y.. but of course the pigtails were just for perfect for Octoberfest!) and bits of red that popped up elsewhere in the dress.

Here's my new camera! YIPPEE! It's a Lumix GF1 and takes such good photos!


Hope you're having a nice weekend! I sadly have a REALLY sore and scratchy throat, so am lying in bed about to watch Running Wilde with my Husbie xoxo

11 comments:

  1. You look amazing in that dress. It is so cute and you look stunning on your red heels. Nice!

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  2. That dress is adorable! I think it looks great on you. I really need to sew some more clothes soon. I got my sewing mojo back and made a skirt then work got super busy and I just haven't had time to sew anything.

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  3. ohmygod could that seriously be any cuter?! Fabulous. Hope you aren't getting sick.

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  4. love love love it! the flowers are so well-placed!

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  5. Wowzers! That dress is awesome! Love the fabric - the bold print works really well on that huge skirt. Good work!

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  6. I adore your dress. It looks like it's so much fun to wear and so cute, too.

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  7. Lovely dress! I love the shape, and with the big flowers on each side it's very joyful.

    (seen on Sew Retro)

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  8. I love the big poppies!! What a cute, fun, and happy dress! :)

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  9. Cool dress! Looks like a versatile pattern.
    I am sick too! Watching Buffy and Yes, Minister DVDs!

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  10. OOOOOOOOH!
    i just got caught up on everything, and WOW that dress is stunning!
    pretty dress, pretty blog, pretty sicky... oh wait, wrong kind of pretty-- but aren't those first few days of feeling good again awesome?

    oona

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