123 Austrian Dirndl


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The Dirndl dates back to the Renaissance and is one of few regional costumes still worn extensively in Austria, southern Germany, and Switzerland. Additionally, a favorite at Renaissance Faires and Oktoberfests, this three-piece outfit enhances the maiden in you.

The complete dirndl consists of a close fitting sleeveless bodice with attached full skirt, over an abbreviated blouse, finished with a contrasting apron.  

View A the dress is cut just above the bustline and buttons in front to the waist.  It's blouse is lightly gathered into a jewel neckline with a self-tie.

View B's bodice is cut wider and deeper- below the fullest part of the bust- and fitted with bones and small gussets.  The front opening fastens with hooks and eyes.  It's blouse gathers in front into a square neckline.  Both blouses have gathered sleeves with an encased elastic band forming a ruffle at the elbow. 

Variations include knee-length or low-calf length, dirndl bodice with high or low-neck, high or low-neck blouse, and an apron. Pattern features many options for detailing, ruffling, ruching, and shaping. Information included about authentic detailing, custom fitting, and adapting garment for Renaissance costumes.

Suggested fabrics: For the Dirndl, choose medium to heavyweight cotton, silk, wool, velvet, or corduroy. For the Blouse and Apron, choose light to medium-weight cotton, silk, rayon, or blends. The Apron is also nice in taffeta.

Yardage chart (.pdf)

This is the paper pattern.  For the PDF pattern, please go here.