By Sarah Culleton, Mar 22 2018 01:06PM
In a few weeks I’ll be holding my Dirndl skirt workshop at Long Eaton Art Room on Saturday 7th April. It’ll be the first in a series of dressmaking workshops focused on making a vintage capsule wardrobe. I’ve chosen garments that can be made as true vintage pieces or updated for a more modern look, depending on your own personal style. And each project will offer a wide range of useful sewing techniques to help you advance your dressmaking skills.
The Dirndl skirt is simply a full gathered skirt attached to a fitted waistband, it originated in the late 1940’s as women’s clothing became more voluminous, after years of wartime restrictions and rationing.
I love this style of skirt and to someone like me with an absolute passion for textiles and print the Dirndl skirt provides a blank canvas to showcase pretty much any fabric you can think of, which makes it the perfect dressmaking project to reflect your own style and personality.
You can go full on vintage with a bold border print, or maybe go for a subtle polka dot for a more understated classic look. Your choice of fabric could create a beautiful every day, floral skirt or something fancier for a night out by using satins or lace. It can be made for any season; to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. I could go on but I’m sure you get the gist!
Personally I absolutely love the beautiful border print fabrics from the 1950’s, but they’re not easy to come by, so when it came to making my workshop sample skirt I searched high and low for the right fabric and eventually found this wonderful heron print cotton lawn designed by a fabric company right on my doorstep here in Derbyshire.
Although not technically a border print, the repeat of this pattern was large enough to use once on the whole skirt front and back to create a real 1950’s feel, but in a very subtle way. The print itself is a lovely delicate print which almost looks like a watercolour painting and I’m really happy with the way it’s turned out.
I’m really looking forward to this workshop and seeing the lovely Dirndl skirts that will be made on the day. If you’d like to join me visit my booking page for more information.