Um... My Dirndl Doesn't Fit! Now What? - DIY Dirndl Alterations
As seasons change, sometimes our bodies change too. So, what happens when you try your dirndl on before a summer picnic and... o jeeze... it doesn't fit! Luckily, most dirndls (including all Rare Dirndls) are easy to alter. Let me show you how!
The first step is to grab a seam ripper or small scissors and open up both the side seam and the area around that seam that connects to the skirt at the waist. These are usually the only seams that need to be altered.
Sew up the side seam to make it either bigger or smaller, whichever you need. If you need your dirndl smaller, sew towards the center of the dirndl. If you need your dirndl bigger, sew towards the edge of the seam. If you need to take just the bust in (like I normally need to), start by sewing it in and then gradually meet the seam at the waist.
Re-pleat the skirt so it fits the new waist size. Make sure the pleat is going in the same direction as the others. Then close up the seam by sewing over the existing seam, over your open area (1/2in seam allowance) and then reconnecting with the other side.
Last but not least, you’ll want to press your new side seam open to make it look professional and hand stitch the top edges of the side seams open.
Tada! Nothing's better than a great fitting dirndl. Don't have a sewing machine or simply don't want to sew, no problem! Since it's a relatively easy fix, any dry cleaner who employs a professional tailor or seamstress can alter your dirndl for you. But now you know how... juuust in case!
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika