{ Sewing } How on Earth Do You Pronounce ‘Dirndl’ Anyway?

(This sewing post was originally posted on Bourbon and Bras on 16 March 2013)

Is it “Dern-dill”?

Either way, I made one.

handmade lace dirndl skirt

I like a dirndl skirt, it’s just a length of fabric gathered or pleated to the waist, and voila! Instant, voluminous skirt with endless possibilities!

This lace was a remnant given into the charity shop I volunteer at –┬ásince we don’t sell fabric at our shop, often I come home with bits and pieces of fabric that may or may not be made into something. This lace, however, was just enough to make a skirt.
I know what you’re going to say “Another black item, Melody. We are disappoint.” I know, guys, I know it’s black, BUT the fabric was free, right? Does that not count? Not even a little bit?
Even if you’re disappointed, I’m certainly not. The lace is a lovely soft net lace overlay with a lovely little scalloped selvedge, with a cotton lining from my stash. I have a LOT of black cotton in my stash.
handmade lace dirndl skirt
I didn’t want to lose the scalloped selvedges against the black lining, instead making a feature of it, so I did make the overlay a bit longer to create a slightly scalloped shape because really, who doesn’t love a scalloped hem? [If you have answered “me” to that question, we might just have to break up.] Sadly that.. didn’t come up in the picture, because my petticoat ended up sticking out and hiding it for me… Damn you, petticoat.
handmade lace dirndl skirt
As with all my other skirts, it has an interfaced waistband with hook and eye closure, and an invisible side zip, with side seam pockets, because I find anything without pockets as frankly useless garments, I need pockets damnit!
I’m actually planning on making up a tutorial for inserting pockets into side seams with zips, if you’d definitely be up for that, I’m happy to get that together for you in the future! Just let me know in the comments.
handmade lace dirndl skirt
So it’s not really a colour challenge like I was planning, but this skirt is a nice little staple item that can be worn with so many things, I think it deserves a little round of applause for being cute and lace-y? And really, where can you go wrong with a Little Black Skirt?
Necklace: Vintage
Cardigan: Primark
Belt: Collectif
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