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
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
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
- An off-shoulder gathered-sleeved, lace-trimmed
white cotton blouse.
- An apron (in white floral lace, chiffon, or eyelet
- 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!
Additional options are available for the modest upcharge
- 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
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.
this page. View graphics and images of
precisely how and where specific measurements should be
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO MEASURE:
When measuring for corsetry, kindly consult our
measurement page and view a graphic and images of
precisely how and where specific measurements should be
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
ADDITIONAL FACTS ABOUT DIRNDLS:
"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
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. 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
Shipping Weight: 16.00 pounds