We recently celebrated the 198th Sommerfest in Leipheim where both my of my kids participated. What is the Leipheimer Kinderfest? It is a celebration of ending the Hunger in Leipheim after a three-year struggle of bad weather an not crops two hundred years ago. I guess you could also call it the Hunger Games. It starts out as a huge parade beginning at the town center and leads to the Sportheim (Sports Field) where Grades 1-7 participated in a group dance/performances.
|198th Leipheimer Kinderfest Parade - the Beginning|
Surprisingly, not all boy were not required to wear Lederhosen...just the boys from my daughter's class and the 7th Graders who were required to wear the pre-made costumes that are worn every year for the past uh...50 years!? They are not very attractive, and they must hate it with a total passion that they have to wear them!!
|Costumed Seventh Graders ready for their "Hunger Games"|
The girls from my daugther's class were asked to wear Dirndls which is a Bavarian style of dress with a "corset-style" top and an apron. The rest of the girls were asked to wear their best dress. I didn't want to buy a new Dirndl for this one event, and kids grow so fast don't they?! Instead, we had a new all-white dress for my daughter that could be "pimped" to make look Bavarian. All I had to do was make an apron or Schürtze!
|My daughter in the 198th Leipheimer Kinderfest Parade|
Two days before the big parade, I took it upon myself to get to it and start sewing my daugther's apron! I looked high and low for a good tutorial on a Dirndl. I found this video on YouTube which was a good start, but there was no free pattern. This pattern helped me out even more. But, if you can't understand German, then you might be lost. I will walk you through the process if you would like to make one.
A Dirndlschürze or apron should be
- Slightly shorter than the dress or Dirndl,
- Cover the entire front of dress from side seam to side seam,
- Tie in the front of the dress,
- and have a button tab to hold it to the center of the dress.
I used a 3/8th inch seam allowance instead of 1.5 cm.
- 2/3 yard fabric (My daughter's choice - Kate Spain's Honey Honey by Moda)
- 3 x 13 inch interfacing
- 3" long elastic band for button tab
- matching thread
- sewing notions
- dressmaker's ruler (tape measure)
First, you need to write down all of your measurements. Measure the width from side seam to side seam of dress yoke (A - 12 inches). I wanted the apron to go slightly higher than waist level to drop right below the lace on my daughter's dress yoke but end higher than the lace at the bottom. Most Dirndls stop one inch above the length - mine about five inches. Measure the length of dress front (B - 15 inches). My measurements are 12 x 15 inches
Cut one rectangle 16 x 25 inches
Formula for your custom measurement:
Length + one inch x Width * 2 + one inch seam allowance on each side
You are going to fold the shorter sides in twice to get a finished hem. Mark with at 3/8th of an inch with a ruler and Frixion pen. Mark again at 3/8 of an inch parallel to the first line.
Fold over the fabric to the first seam and finger press.
Fold over to the second line and pin in place.
Sew hem using a scant 3/8" seam allowance.
Repeat for the Bottom Hem using a 1/2" seam allowance. Mark your two lines at 1/2 inch intervals.
Fold over using your drawn line as a guide. Finger press. Fold over again to next line. Pin in place. Press if desired. Sew hem using a scant 1/2" seam allowance.
Now you have an APRON FRONT without ruffles.
Now you will need to put some stay stitching in the top of the apron to make all those pretty ruffles. Sew along the top about 3/8" using an extremely large stitch or hem stitch. [Please ignore the black elastic band. I didn't use it.]
Take the bottom thread and pull to get some puckers or ruffles.
Pull from each end and smooth them out the ruffles along the entire length of front apron yoke.
Tie a knot in one end of the the thread to hold the ruffles in place.
Lay along a ruler to get a width of the starting measurement. Mine was 12 inches.
Tie a second knot in the opposite side and use pins to keep ruffles in place. Yes, there is a tiny knot in there. ;-) Set aside the APRON FRONT for now.
On to the APRON YOKE and TIE.
Take your original measurement (A). Add one inch to the length. Mine was 12".
From Fabric - cut a rectangle 3 x 13 inches.
From Stabilizer - cut a rectangle about 1/2 smaller than the fabric.
Apply stabilizer to wrong side of fabric.
Fold fabric inward along all edges. Press.
Fold in half lengthwise and steam press.
Dirndl Specialty: Make the button tab by cutting a piece of elastic 3" long. Sew to the top inside of the Apron Yoke.
Baste the front of the YOKE to the APRON FRONT using large hand stitches. Set aside for now.
Make the TIES by cutting 2 1/2" fabric strips. Your length should be 3 * (A) the yoke front for each side tie. Mine should have been 36". (Mine are actually shorter, because I was using up a smaller piece of fabric.)
Cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 36" from your main fabric
Sew along the length right sides together (RST) using a 1/4" seam allowance. Flip right side out. Flip one end in 1/4 inch; leave one end open - this end will be enclosed in the yoke. Stay stitch along all the three finished sides.
Insert the finished TIE into the YOKE. Pin in place.
Pin the back of the APRON YOKE in place enclosing the TIES and APRON FRONT.
Carefully sew along the YOKE making sure you catch the TIES, APRON FRONT and BACK of APRON YOKE.
Remove your basting stitches!
Now look at this glam Dirndlschürze! What a gorgeous apron for any dress! Attach a button to the dress you sewed the apron for. Finished! Remember, my ties are a little shorter than they should be. You should be able to tie a bow in the front.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my quick tutorial on how to make an apron for a Bavarian Dirndl. Are wondering if I have a Dirndl? Yes, I do! But it was just too hot for my winter Dirndl and I have yet to buy a summer one. I thought I would leave you a picture of my dear husband in his Lederhosen. ;-)
And a picture of my sweet daughter. I am so terrible at braiding hair, but I partly managed this french braid.
|Daughter watching the Show|
The kids rocked with their version of "Rock You," by the way! It was totally awesome and hilarious - Bavarian style!
|2nd Grade Class Rocking to a Bavarian Beat|
|Weißwurst und Bretzeln!|