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"THE SCHATZI"
CORSET DIRNDL ENSEMBLE (OR CORSET ALONE) FOR OKTOBERFEST
[ORDER PAGE. Updated 4/15/15]

****For upcoming Oktoberfests, ROMANTASY CAN DELIVER A FULLY CUSTOM, REAL DIRNDL CORSET OR FOUR-PIECE ENSEMBLE if ordered no later than AUGUST 15, 2015.****

INTRODUCTION:

The corset dirndl ensemble pictured left is modeled by our corsetiere Jill Hoverman and is modeled below by our vivacious client and friend Chelsea. With Jill are her two girls wearing matching dirndls. The dirndl pictured far right is modeled by Chelsea. Click on the picture near right to see details of a dirndl by well-known German designer Lola Patinger, on display in the Frankfurt Airport fall, 2014, priced at over $3000. Additional dirndls seen during our fall, 2014 trip to Germany and Switzerland are pictured below on this page. The dirndl immediately below left is a costume modeled by Carrie Underwood on NBC-tv's spring, 2014 "Sound of Music" television miniseries.

Jill is pleased to apply her considerable seamstressing and corset-making skills to an adorable new steel-boned corset ensemble offered in her ROMANTASY collection of styles. This is a unique version of the fun four-piece custom corset dirndl ensemble.

Style Advisory: This style is suitable for:

  • Oktoberfest revelers who want exquisite quality for reasonable pricing.
  • Costumes celebrating the traditional German, Austrian and Swiss dress.
  • Those seeking figure-shaping with a real corset rather than a non-structured traditional bodice.

    It is not suitable for waist training as an underbust style is needed for that purpose.

  • WHAT IS A "DIRNDL"?

    The dirndl is a folk dress traditionally worn in Bavaria, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, typically seen during Oktoberfest celebrations in Europe and around the world.

    The Oktoberfest according to Wikipedia, is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, Germany during late September and early October. It is attended by six million people each year and has inspired numerous similar events using the name "Oktoberfest."

    The dirndl includes a dress with a full gathered skirt, apron, and tight, low bodice. It typically includes a bow worn at the waistline, signifying marital status depending on which side of the waistline it is worn. The dress is worn over a short-sleeved blouse.

    A dirndl is often of strikingly patterned fabric and quite colorful. Bodices are traditionally decorated with a variety of hand-made trims. Accessories might include a cape or shawl, a hat, and a basket.


    HOW OUR DIRNDL IS UNIQUE:

    Our corset dirndl includes a real, steel-boned corset rather than a flimsy bodice. It is amazingly moderately-priced for the technical skills involved, quality, and design--plus it comfortably enhances the waistline!

    Click on graphic below to enlarge for details.

    OUR STANDARD DIRNDL:

    Our standard ensemble includes four pieces:

    • A drawstring skirt for ease of closure. The skirt is pleated in front and gathered in sides and back with pockets and an invisible zipper.
    • An off-shoulder gathered-sleeved, lace-trimmed white cotton blouse.
    • An apron (in white floral lace, chiffon, or eyelet lace),
    • An authentic closed-front back-lacing custom corset in a unique hybrid style with faux ribbon lacings up the front (see blue dirndl pictured top right). The corset is twill-lined, single steel boned, laced with rolled cording, and comes with and a matching pin-on bow.

      Pricing includes corset, blouse, and skirt fabrics shown below on this page. The apron will be in white or ivory cotton or chiffon. The custom corset alone may be ordered for $285 by submitting this order form, with email confirmation. Some size/fabric upcharges might apply; please inquire.

    Note that a well-known Austrian designer of dirndls offers dirndls from about $800 to $1500, but in plain fabrics alone, and without a custom corset. During our fall 2014 trip to Germany and Switzerland we saw tens if not hundreds of dirndls on display. They ranged in price from costume-style at 90 euros (about $100) up to thousands of dollars. Thanks to our German friends Ralf, Beatrice, Tanja, Manuel, and Angela for assisting with our dirndl window shopping!


    STYLE OF CORSET:

    The Schatzi corset combines a sexy "pushup" bodice of the Renaissance corset with the more comfortable, curvy bottom half of the Victorian. Colorful patterned cotton fabrics (see below) for the corset and skirt, lace or cotton for the apron, and cotton for the blouse are also included in our standard pricing!


    AVAILABLE OPTIONS:

    Additional options are available for the modest upcharge indicated:

    • A curvier bodice akin to the Valentine top of the Victorian, including a mailed or in-person muslin fitting ($90)
    • Double steel boning (vs. standard single steel boning) ($60)
    • Waists 40" and above ($60)
    • Bosom 45" and above ($35)
    • Your choice of a front busk with back lacing (see peacock corset), or front lacing with back lacing (see black corset) may be ordered instead of the standard closed-front back lacing corset ($60)
    • Swiss ribbon (5/8" wide) lacing in back, and also for the faux front lacing
    • Traditional "Rosenruche" white ribbon trim vertically on either side of the faux lacing on your corset; see red print rosenruche trim featured on the blue corset above right ($60)
    • A shawl; please inquire
    • A basket; please inquire
    • A hat; please inquire
    • Other fabrics may entail a modest upcharge depending on what is desired; please inquire
    • You may order a simple ribbon-tied choker incorporating your unique fabric to match.


    IF YOU WISH TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN FABRIC:

    Some clients have a specific print fabric in mind and may submit it for their dirndl. here are the required yardage for fabric in a minimum 45-inch width: 1.5 yds for corset, 3 yds. for skirt, 1.5 yds for apron , and 1.5 yds. for blouse.
    MEASURING ASSISTANCE:

    Please consult this page. View graphics and images of precisely how and where specific measurements should be taken.


    UNDERSTANDING HOW TO MEASURE:

    When measuring for corsetry, kindly consult our website measurement page and view a graphic and images of precisely how and where specific measurements should be taken.


    UNDERSTANDING THE CHOICES AVAILABLE BELOW IN THIS STYLE ORDER FORM:

    You will be offered various choices in the design of this corset style by Jill. Before placing your order you may wish to see pictures of those choices and read descriptions. Please consult the Design Navigation Button, and under it the ten design categories or options including but not limited to fabrics and braid trims.



    ADDITIONAL FACTS ABOUT DIRNDLS:

    WiseGEEK says:

    "The full name of the dress is dirndlkleid. Dirndl is a diminutive for 'woman' which is still sometimes used in these regions although it is somewhat obsolete in most of Germany. The kleid means simply “dress.” Originally, these dresses were worn by peasants and maids, and the term was meant to describe a dress worn by a maid or servant. In the 1800's, the upper classes started adopting the dirndl as holiday wear in the country, and the dress quickly became enshrined as an emblem of German heritage."

    Amusingly, Wikipedia continues:

    "In popular culture it is sometimes reported that the placement of the knot on the apron is an indicator of the woman's marital status. A knot tied on the woman's left side indicates that she is single, a knot tied on the right means that she is married, engaged or otherwise 'taken', a knot tied in the front centre means that she is a virgin and a knot tied at the back indicates that the woman is widowed.[3][4] Sonja Still, a Munich-based journalist, says: 'Today people look more closely at this than ever.'"




    "The Schatzi" Dirndl Ensemble for Oktoberfest
     
    Quantity in Basket: none
    Code: tsde
    Price: $595.00

    Shipping Weight: 16.00 pounds
     
    Fabric Corset:
    Corset only? (standard with fabric $285):
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    Fabric Skirt:
    Fabric/style Blouse:
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    Embellishments:
    Color ribbon corset faux lacing:
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    Bra - Cup:
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    Horizontal - Around Bosom (or Man's Chest):
    Horizontal - Nipple to Nipple:
    Horizontal - Over Bosom From Underarm to Underarm:
    Horizontal - Rib Cage Under Bosom or Chest:
    Waist:
    Bosom:
    Horizontal - Snug Natural Waist:
    Horizontal - Desired Waist Reduction
    (N.B. 4" is maximum for 18th Cen. style)
    Horizontal - 3" Down from Waist (pelvis):
    Horizontal - 5" Down From Waist:
    Horizontal - Derriere (widest part hips):
    Horizontal - Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam:
    Vertical - Center Front Waist to Corset Top:
    Vertical - Side Front Waist up to Underwire/Chest:
    Vertical - Side Front Waist to Nipple in Bra:
    Vertical - Side Front Nipple to Top Edge:
    Vertical - Center Front Waist to Corset Bottom:
    Vertical - Center Back Waist to Corset Top:
    Vertical - Center Back Waist to Corset Bottom:
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    Apron length:
    Your Height:
    Your Approximate Weight:
    Lining:
    Shawl, basket, hat , choker, other?:
     
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