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(Diesen Post gibt’s nur auf Englisch, da er für die Roots Sewing Series von Elegance and Elephants ist und einfach zu lang, um ihn auch noch auf Deutsch zu übersetzen. Solltet ihr etwas nicht verstehen oder Fragen haben, schreibt mir einfach eine email an naehconnection at gmail dot com oder hinterlasst einen Kommentar. Ich helf euch gerne!)
Well, let me first say some words about the series: Heidi asked us to sew something for our children that is inspired by our cultural heritage. Sewing and cultural heritage – well, when you are German, in fact even Bavarian, live in a small village relatively close to the alps and work in Munich, there’s no question what you got to sew. Some „Trachten“ (folklore costume). As I’m definetly still to scared to sew with leather, a „Lederhosen“ was out of my reach (well, Heidi, maybe for the next roots series…), so a „Dirndl“ it was…
Last but certainly not least I added a beautiful (store bought) ruffle ribbon around the neck hole. Sewing the whole bodice, which is also lined, took like forever, but it definitely is unique and special.
For the blouse I altered the pattern only very slightly: In the pattern there are two versions included; one with puffed and the other one with straight sleeves. I went somewhere in between as the puffed version was a little bit too much for me and the straight would have been to „basic“ for this Dirndl. I added lace trim at the sleeve and neck binding plus some (again self-made) piping around the neck. I’ll show you how I changed the pattern and how to apply the piping and lace on tuesday, too.
The apron was in fact what I sewed first. The main part of it is cut on the straightgrain while the band at the top and the ties are cut on the bias. I had to piece the ties together: Look at the arrow at the left pic: When you look really closely you can see that I matched the different stripes almost perfectly at the seam. I’m really happy how this turned out!
Something that you should know if you want to do the „Dirndl-thing“ right: If the apron is tied on the left, this means the girl is unmarried, tied on the right means married and tied in the back is for widows.
For the beautiful applique on the apron, I again have to thank Miriam for helping me with her embroidery machine. I chose the flowers from this embroidery file. The rhinostones are from Miriam, too, and were just ironed on. I sewed the applique on very carefully, around all of the leaves and blossoms. Such an embroidery is also some kind of „heritage“: A heritage of the german sewing blogger community – it seems as if almost all of them have an embroidery machine and all different kinds of embroidery are, thus, used on almost all sewed items…
I finally, also have to thank Miriam for taking the pics of this post with her nice DSLR and for editing the first pic in this post. With no green meadows, but rain and temperatures close to zero degrees Celcius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) taking pics outside with the real mountains in the back was unfortunately impossible…
Well, I hope you like my work of Love…Thanks again, Heidi, for asking me to participate. That has been so much fun and I’m so glad that I had the guts to sew a Dirndl.
Congrats, you really made it to the end of my post. This means that I have some goodies for you. Firstly: Take part in the fun and sew along with this series. There are some amazing sew along prizes. Heidi has gathered some amazing prices. The best „sewalonger“ will be chosen and get an whole bunch of gift certificates, patterns etc. But not only this: ALL Sew-Along participants will automatically be entered to win one of another three incredible prize packages. So: Get sewing.
No, wait: I also have something fun for you: Renate from Mondbresal was so kind to offer me one Vroni pattern for a giveaway! Just enter through the rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway runs till the end of the roots series. When the winner is chosen, I’ll ask her to tell me whether she wants the English or German version. Please be aware that the english version is not yet finished. This one will be send out as soon as it is ready, but I can’t give you an exact date!
Now, go and check out the other Roots post and show the other bloggers some love.