1950’s Dirndl Skirt Remake

I found this skirt about five years ago in a secondhand clothes shop in Holt, North Norfolk. The waist band is tiny and there are a few mends. But the fabric is perfect for this full but gentle style, and the pockets, positioned on either side like two useful saddlebags, are wonderful. They are lovely and deep and hang open with a loose turn-down cuff, accentuating their symmetry. They are interlined with muslin which is so much nicer to work with than synthetic alternatives.


What is a dirndl skirt? The dictionary describes it as ‘a full, wide skirt with a tight waistband’. It also makes reference to an Alpine peasant costume.


Anyway, I really had to remake this one, scaling it up slightly to fit the model (see below). After a trial run with some beastly viscose, far too hideous to show, I procured a couple of metres of vaguely 50’s cotton print and here’s the result, seen  occasionally teamed with a moth-eaten, 1960’s charity shop find.



The skirt was very easy to make. It’s definitely going in the book – Old Clothes. And maybe with the right fabric the jacket would work as a remake? The original is a sturdy jersey and says 100% wool on the label .

So the team headed off to a well-lit location with a bag of props and some lagers, and the stylist got to grips with the wayward model.


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Brighton’s West Pier  delivered the perfect backdrop for a wistful look into the sunset.



Next post: – some sort of dress I think, suitable for garden labour.



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3 responses to “1950’s Dirndl Skirt Remake

  1. caroline clover

    another very interesting blog, the skirt looks great


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