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