DIY OKTOBERFEST DRESS
We decided to take on the Dirndl dress/ Oktoberfest outfit because just an hour outside of Toronto we have Canada’s largest Oktoberfest, and we wanted to go! And being the DIYers we are, we weren’t about to buy a Dirndl. We made our version slightly more playful but please make it the length you would like/ make any alterations to suit you! Remember that there is a video tutorial for all of our DIYs! Check that out at the bottom of this post.
– loose white blouse
– brown vest (suede or velvet)
– long A-line skirt (or you can DIY a circle skirt)
– 1.5 meters of brown cord
– stockings (optional, not traditional)
– mary-jane shoes
– wide white ribbon
– small amount of white fabric
– fabric scissors
– sewing machine or hand sew
– fabric pencil
To make our top, we started with the loose white shirt from the thrift store. We’re turning it into an off the shoulder top. We have a super detailed video on this if you want to check that out here. To summarize, we’re cutting off the top in a curved line and then shortening the sleeves. Roll and pin a tube along the top and the bottom of the sleeves wide enough to add elastic inside. Sew up these tubes but don’t forget to leave a small gap in each one to thread the elastic through. Once it all sewn, add a safety pin to the end of your elastic and thread it through. Make sure the elastics are at a length the wraps snuggly around your shoulders. Repeat this for both arms using an elastic that fits your arms tightly. Sew the ends of the elastic together and then sew up the gap!
For the skirt we were fortunate enough to find this long corduroy printed skirt from the thrift store. Since we wanted our costume to be a bit more playful, we going to cut it to a shorter length. When you lay open the skirt inside out you can see it’s simply a long circle skirt. If you can’t find one in a pattern you like, check out our circle skirt tutorial on how you can easily make one! After we’ve cut it shorter, we’re just going to hem around the bottom so it doesn’t fray.
The final step is to add a mini apron to our skirt. Use some plain white fabric and cut a small angled rectangle shape like this. Hem up the 3 bottom sides. For the waist band, we’re using this thick white ribbon. Pin the top of the apron piece to the ribbon. We off-setted it slightly so that the bow would end up at the side, and we learned from our viewers that the placing of the bow is actually very important! Bow tied on the left: single, right: taken, front middle: virgin, back: waitress or widow. So make sure you represent yourself properly! Sew these pieces together and your apron is done!
To make the vest, start with any plain vest from the thrift store. You could even use a sweater or thin jacket since we’re going to cut it anyways. With it inside out, we drew out the adjustments. The neck cut needs to come down under the bust and we needed to make it tighter. Cut it in enough so that there is a gap between the two sides when you pull it together. We also needed to make the whole thing shorter. Cut out your adjustments. We used the first half a template on the other side to make sure it was symmetrical. Since we cut the vest, we of course we need to hem back up the sides again. We left the front sides open for now. This is the cord we’re going to use to lace up the front but first we’re cutting 10 small pieces to create loops to string the cord through. Pin a hem up the sides and add 5 loops on each side. Sew the loops in place as you do the hem. How professional does this look?! Now you can lace the cord through all the loops like you would lace up shoes.