The dirndl skirt is a wardrobe staple.
Using fabric I had in my stash (one of which I picked up in the LA garment district)- I sewed up a couple dirndl skirts to continue filling the holes in my closet. Silhouette 1 for The Colette Wardrobe Architect is complete!
Happily, the dirndl skirt is a pretty straight forward design; I was able to draft the pattern in less than an hour and sew both skirts super quickly. Basic rectangle waistband and gathered rectangles. Lots of hand stitching at the waistband, hem, and handpicked zipper help give these skirts the little construction details I love to admire.
It was also very nice to make pieces like these, because they were a nice break from longer, more complicated projects which, while rewarding, can be a time suck! Both skirts were whipped up casually over two evenings and a few episodes of The Walking Dead. Now that the pattern pieces are drafted out, I’ll be making more for daily use. I may lengthen the skirt, though– as these hit me just slightly above the knee; I could go with a little bit more of a tea-length.
For the photos I wore the Astoria sweaters I made a few weeks back which are coming in handy all the time. These sorts of skirts the sweaters tuck in really easily which helps give that small-waist visual effect.
The petticoat I used for these photos was from The Black Ribbon and is MAXIMUM poof. Designed for EGL, it made me feel like a cupcake (which I loved.) The chiffon used to make it is amazingly soft and light weight, and packs really well. I haven’t ever had a problem with this loosing its poof and its super easy to wash. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a workhorse petticoat! And for size reference, I’m 5-foot 2-inches tall.
I have a couple more versions of this dirndl skirt I want to sew, but those will come when I have time!