Saturday, March 27, 2010

done with the dirndl.

check out this dirndl skirt from the knitty spring issue

that's what i wanted. i wanted all the gathers & to wear it with a short sweater or jacket.

maybe i'm not tall enough or 16 years old enough or i should have used a drapey rayon instead of cotton. one thing's for certain- all that gathered fabric was definitely not working on my frame.

to fix it, i removed about a foot of fabric from the panels to get rid of some of the bulk. that was better & i hemmed the skirt according to the length that works best for my body type- just below the knee. that turned out to be the wrong length for this skirt style, so i re-hemmed it to just above the knee & the proportions are much better.

dirndl skirt

i'm not thrilled with this skirt, but it's light, breezy & super comfortable, perfect for spring.  i can add black tights for winter & steal the knitty photo idea to pair the skirt with a brightly colored cardigan. 

altered dirndl skirt