4 times the dirndl, 4 times the fun

Reader, I sewed a lot of skirts this month. I do not need to sew skirts for a while. I made 4 dirndl skirts this month. A dirndl skirt, for those who don’t know, is a simple gathered skirt made of two rectangles sewn together and gathered on to a smaller rectangle, the waistband. Gertie has a tutorial for a dirndl skirt.

When I started sewing my skirts, I needed skirts or felt I needed skirts because my wardrobe was lacking in a million skirts. Now that I’ve sewn 4 skirts in a month, I think I’m good for skirts for a while.

The challenge for this project, however, was making the skirts with in-seam pockets and a side zipper as well. I have to count that a success all around and I got better as I made more and more of these skirts. Here is the progression on my skirts:

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The plaid skirt, my first one, has an exposed zipper and the other three have lapped zippers. The two bottom floral skirts are equally matched for quality. I didn’t attempt to do pattern matching. Although, I did try to match the plaid on the vertical. I mostly succeeded. The side with the zipper is about 4mm off, but perfect on the other side.

I extended the waistband of all skirts. For the two bottom florals, I added buttons; the plaid and pink floral have hidden hooks.


I adore the buttons on the blue floral. They’ve been in my stash for a while now and I love them.

I didn’t do any fancy math or actually follow a tutorial when I created these skirts. I cut them based on the fabric amounts I had available. Some are longer and some are shorter; some are more gathered than the others and some are less gathered. I wasn’t really concerned with that. As long as you have some gathering, the skirts work quite well.

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My favourite of the four is definitely this blue and white floral; it’s the perfect length and perfect gather. It’s a cotton lawn from Joann fabrics. It’s a very light, flowy fabric and is perfect for Spring/Summer. I wish I had gotten more to make a dress as well, because I crave light florals like this. Do you go through fabric cravings like I do? Probably the reason why my stash is so large…. :/

My second favourite is the yellow plaid. I really love the fabric. I got it from the thrift store and it’s a very light fabric. I am unsure of the fiber content, but it’s likely a poly-cotton blend.

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I usually wear the plaid with my red Bronte top, but decided to wear all my skirts with mostly sleeveless tops in this photoshoot.

My skirt collection would not be complete without a pink floral skirt. I’ve been hoarding this cotton floral for a while and am very happy with it. I chose to put a colour block at the bottom of the skirt to increase the length. That was also a testing of my skills to match along the vertical. I accomplished that rather nicely. πŸ™‚

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The last skirt I made was this red Christmasy floral that I inherited from my nana with a colour block on the bottom.

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It’s definitely the shortest and most gathered of the skirts. I am not sure I will wear it much to be honest. I feel very…Lolita in it. Which isn’t a bad thing…really. I like a lot of the Lolita style, but I’m not sure how I feel about it on me. I would definitely feel better in this if I were wearing some leggings or tights. Both this one and the blue floral flew up when I was taking pictures. Luckily, I was just on my back porch, but I definitely need something under those two for walking around in the summer.

I look at these pictures and I feel good about myself. I feel good for being brave enough to wear sleeveless tops and bare legs; things I have felt really self-conscious about in the past. I feel good about having made skirts that scream my own personal style. I might not have the supposed ideal body that society tells us is ideal, but this body is mine and I am determined to feel good and feel happy in it. I feel positive about myself in these skirtsΒ and that is what sewing is to me.

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41 thoughts on “4 times the dirndl, 4 times the fun

  1. I love your style and your positive attitude. And a dirnl skirt is definitely on my wish-to-do list for the spring or summer (whenever it gets here, still cold in NY)

    1. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ It’s still cold here in Toronto, too. 😦 I was freeeeeeeezing my butt off in these pictures!

  2. Nice work! I often get bored when I attempt to sew repeats of stuff, but when I do manage to do it i’m always pleased with the results. It really is easier and quicker the more you make. These skirts are adorable!

    1. Thanks, Megan! I got really bored on that last one. I enjoyed the improved technique as I went along, but I crave dresses now. πŸ™‚ Weird sewing cravings.

  3. I love all of them! My fave is the yellow. I’m really into yellow at the moment, so that could be why I’m drawn to it;…. I do think you could have more skirts…. Just like dresses, you can never have enough!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Tanya! πŸ˜€ I’m reallly into yellow as well. I can’t wear it right next to my face, though, because my skin goes a ghastly colour. Skirt, though, is perfect.

      I might run out of closet space if I make any more skirts. πŸ˜‰

  4. I love all your skirts! The buttons on the blue ones are especially adorable, its a fun touch. I really like the poinsettia one too, you could dress it up for the christmas season! (I love themed outfits)
    When I saw 4 dirndls in the title, I thought you had sewn four german beerhaus dirndls and couldn’t imagine why on earth you’d need 4, I’m glad I learned some new nomenclature today!

    1. Thanks, Ali! I love those buttons so very much. And the poinsetta one will be perfect for the Christmas season with some wool tights. πŸ™‚

      LOL. I am sure I could come up with a reason for needing 4 german beerhaus dirndls. πŸ˜‰

  5. Oh, I LOVE that fourth one! But I kind of have a thing for short skirts so that might be why. πŸ™‚ But honestly, I feel like the proportions of that short length work well for you, and I love how floofy and cupcake-y it feels! (And yeah, those are real words.)

    Can’t believe Joann is carrying stuff like lawn now! Will have to look for some soon…

    1. Thanks, Nicole! πŸ™‚ Looking at the pictures, I feel better about it, but I will definitely be wearing it with tights for my windy city. πŸ™‚

      The lawn from Joann’s is not bad actually. It’s too bad it’s not available anymore. I want more of it. πŸ™‚

  6. Ooh, I like the skirts with the colour blocking! It is great that through your sewing you have discovered so many things to feel good and positive about! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Marike! πŸ™‚ I love that sewing has made me feel more comfortable in my own body. πŸ™‚

  7. Great skirts! The blue one is really lovely, and such a good use of 2 cute buttons. Isn’t it a great feeling to put all those little treasures to good use?

    1. Thanks, Jana! πŸ˜€ What’s next? I’m working on a shirt for my fiance and a shirt dress for myself. πŸ™‚

  8. I think the blue with white florals is also my favourite and I do like the christmas one a lot, on IG it was the one I mostly liked and I think it would look great with some black tights and red shoes, or maybe I’m going too far? And those teapots? marvellous. You must have an amazing collection of all things cute.

    1. Thanks so much! πŸ˜€ Yes, black tights and red shoes! I don’t think that is too far. ;D

      A collection of all things cute! I feel like I should name my fabric and button stash that. πŸ˜‰

  9. The teapot buttons kill me! What a fun detail. All of your top choices look so beautifully feminine with the skirts. I totally go through fabric cravings too–our weather is starting to get warmer and I’m plotting how I can get my hands on more linen and use up all of the voile I’ve carefully accumulated.

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth. πŸ™‚ As soon as it starts feeling remotely like Spring here, all I want to sew are dressing in lovely printed cottons. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to get started. πŸ™‚

  10. Love them ALL! So damn cute, girl…I can’t stand it! I plan on sewing a million dirndl’s too this season, but like you, I’ll probably have my fill at four. That seems to be the magic number for sequels in my world.

    And…those buttons!!

    1. Thanks so much, Najah! Heheh, 4 is my magic number for sequels too. πŸ˜‰ It went that way with my Monetas. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see your dirndls. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. Just came across your blog the other day; you have some really great stuff on here! I envy you your ability to sew so quickly and well!

    Love those buttons on the blue skirt!

    1. I’m so glad you came across my blog! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much! Those buttons rock my world. πŸ™‚

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