Friday, September 23, 2011

Dirndl Part 1

Okay people. As discussed, I have a problem. I am obsessive when it comes to projects. I get an idea into my head and it becomes all I can think about and I absolutely have to make it happen.

So (read last post), I'm making a dirndl (I have no idea how to pronounce that), and I bought a pattern online last night. This pattern actually. You buy it online and print it out on your own either with your personal printer or at a copy shop. I did mine at home. Can I just stop here for a moment and say I do believe I have bitten off far more with this dress than I can chew? Or sew? Continuing on, I thought this print-your-pattern-at-home thing was genius! Until I downloaded it and saw that it was 56 pages. That you have to tape together. It took me over an hour just to put it all together. An hour and three different types of tape.

This is the finished product. It was way bigger than me. So ridiculous, there wasn't even enough floor space in the apartment to spread the whole thing out. It was a monstrosity. After I cut the pattern pieces out, that part was easy, and it looked a lot less daunting. Until I started to read the directions and saw that the majority of the measurements were metric and there are a few words in German. BUT, I have muscled through so far and purchased my fabric which I am about to start cutting. And then I'll have to sew this bad boy together. And that is the reeeeeally hard part. There is piping involved. And gathering. And buttons. Wish me luck.

Stay tuned for more on this ridiculous adventure in German dress creating as I progress. Or a post about how I hate sewing and will never do it again.


  1. hahaha! i love this post. and i love that you're devoting time away from the Bean to making this. wishing you success in this endeavor! please wear it all the time when you're finished.

  2. I plan on wearing it daily! We miss you at the Coffee Bean! Morning shifts just aren't the same. You livin' the life in France yet? Keep me informed so I can live vicariously through you and pretend my life is exciting. ;)