Kirsten’s Mid-Winter Dirndl…still not done, but getting there…

I had hoped the next time I showed you Kirsten’s Mid-Winter Dirndl, it would be completely finished and ready for Ebay, but I’m sorry, it’s not… although it’s closer than it was yesterday. I was able to get the little vest done but it took more time than I thought it would…


Here are just some random thoughts on the dress set…

That sleeve on the right, still looks droopy, but I took it apart and made it tighter…I guess not enough!


I think the skirt needs a slip under it. The growth pleat makes the skirt heavier and it sort of lays in folds instead of being full all the way around like it would be without the extra weight.


Maybe a pair of pantalettes are needed too?


I’ve taken Kirsten’s hair down, so I can be thinking of how I want to fix it and also decide what kind of hair accessory to put with this set.


I googled Dirndl and found this fun bit of trivia to share…

[It is sometimes reported that the placement of the knot on the apron is an indicator of the woman’s marital status. A knot tied on the woman’s left side indicates that she is single, a knot tied on the right means that she is married, engaged or otherwise “taken”, a knot tied in the front centre means that she is a virgin and a knot tied at the back indicates that the woman is widowed. Sonja Still, a Munich-based journalist, says: “Today people look more closely at this than ever.”]

((Stanek, Julia (18 September 2013). “The Dirndl Code: Expert Tips for a Rollicking Oktoberfest”. Der Spiegel (Hamburg). Retrieved 7 October 2013.))

So, I’ve still got my work cut out for me, but I’m getting there…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Oh, you finally made it Jeanne! I mean, got your blog online. It wasn’t here earlier when it usually is, so I thought I would drop in and see if it was there, and here it is!

    That dress is just adorable! Yes, you are right about that one sleeve, and I guess it does need some sort of petticoat too, but it looks like to me it stands out well enough without. Of course, you are a perfectionist, so what can I expect??! Interesting about the dirndls. and what they mean, I think you have it right though, for Kirsten!!

    Her hair needs something, like a flowery wreath, but I think whatever you do will be just perfection!

    • HI Linda,
      Yes, I finally made it… I had my post all ready, double checked it, made sure it was scheduled to go on at 1:00 a.m., double checked it again..and then went to bed. When I got up this morning, I didn’t see it, and I started getting emails to see if I was okay… I am, I just didn’t realize today was the 6th. I had the publish date for my post as the 7th…tomorrow… guess I better get my new calendar up by my computer… OOPS…

      I better get busy to get all the things done I need to get done for this dress set… When I get it all done, I’ll play with her hair….
      Thanks so much Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Good Morning, Jeanne,
    Kirsten dirndl is just lovely. The vest is so pretty with the ruffle and the little extra point in the center. I see what you mean about the sleeve, but you’ll fix it right up.
    Very interesting about the knot tying and you got it right for Kirsten. It’s like the claddagh. I have Irish heritage also and received one as a gift when I was a young girl. You wear it on either your left or right hand and heart in or out depending on what your marital status is as well.
    I agree a hair wreath would look sweet. What flowers grow in Sweden in the winter?
    In the U.S. you could use snowdrops and winter aconite.

    • Thank you Laura,
      I wasn’t going to add the peplum on this vest part, but I gathered up a piece and held it up to the bodice and decided to go with it. It just makes it a little more feminine to me…

      I didn’t know that about the aprons either…so I thought everyone would enjoy that bit of trivia…
      I’ll have to play with her hair and a wreath… I had just bought some olive green wool felt and thought I might do a bonnet, but I think it might be too heavy…

      Thanks Laura,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Marilyn Grotzky says:

    I checked earlier too and decided that you were still working on this outfit (or had the flu, but I was hoping against that). I love the snowdrops idea but the real deal is that you will have to choose from the flowers that grow in the craft stores. Pantalettes and a petticoat would be lovely additions and opportunities for more detail. The bodice looks especially nice, don’t you think? Detailed without being overdone.

    Kirsten looks very happy to have her hair down. She’s ready for spring. Unfortunately a lot of the rest of us are too, and winter has just started. More snow for us Friday, but not much, and I think so far we’ve been some of the luckiest people this winter.

    • HI Marilyn,
      No case of the flu around here… in fact, no one but my brother and his wife got it…I am very thankful to not have gotten what they had… it was awful.
      You’re right…I’ll have to choose my flowers from the ones growing in the craft stores… although I do have a pretty hefty stash myself!!

      I know Winter has just started too, and I’m like everyone else, ready for Spring… but the way I look at it, just think of all the days we could have had bad weather and didn’t… it just makes it that much closer to Spring time weather! Yay!
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. It’s adorable. What droopy sleeve? Love the ruffle and the little blue buttons on the back.
    Had no idea of the apron knot. But, reminds me of the Hawaiian tradition of the flower behind the ear. Married women wear them behind the left ear and single women behind the right ear.

    • HI Joy,
      I keep pushing up the sleeve on the right, but it just won’t stay up… I’ll have to take it apart again… rats!
      Thanks for your compliments on Kirsten’s new dress. I love the soft colors on her…just gotta get the rest of it right!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. I had that problem with a sleeve once. I may be seeing it on the blouse: The gathers at the top are mostly toward the front or the top of the sleeve on her right sleeve, but they tend to be more concentrated in the back on the left sleeve. It fixed the problem when I had it but wonder what you think? I may be hallucinating again!

    I still can’t get over how beautifully everything comes together, all of the details. It is simply lovely! Your years of experience certainly shine through.

    For Marilyn, I had to go to yesterday’s email and click on Blog at the top in order to get to today’s post. Then it went directly to the page that usually one has to click on the blue writing at the top to access. The usual email still hasn’t shown up. That happened once before, but this time I got to it eventually instead of a couple of days later. I wonder if all of the readers know to click on the blue lettering at the top of the post?

    • HI Susette,
      Oh the joys of ripping out sleeves because they don’t behave like you want them too… We’ll see if I can master it!

      I think computers sometimes have a mind of their own and no matter what we do they are just going to have glitches sometimes…

      Well, I’m off to work on the dress some more…
      Thanks for your compliments, advice and tips…
      Blessings, Jeanne

    • Susette, I had to do the same as you to view the post today. Still has not shown up.

      • Joy, has my blog post ever shown up for you today… you might try clicking the word BLOG just above the title and see if that works… if not, I can send it to you directly…
        Blessings, Jeanne

  6. Marilyn Grotzky says:

    Today my computer has been going directly to today’s entry. However, when I tried it again to be sure that was what it was doing, it went to yesterday’s entry. I then clicked on Blog and got today’s entry. I go to the blog by using the address bar at the top of the page — not through email — sometimes I get a blank but very pale yellow screen. Scrolling down I get the slideshow, then I scroll up and get two or three recent blog entries and then the one for the day it is. Recently more often than not I get the day’s blog entry, just as Jeanne planned. As long as I get the blog in some way or another, I’m happy. I don’t see blue letters anywhere.
    When I have to go through several days’ entries to reach the one for the day it is, it’s quite nice because it’s often a review of the progress of an outfit.
    I don’t half mind waiting for an outfit to be done — it’s always worth the wait and I’m always looking forward to the next day’s entry.

    • HI Marilyn,
      I’m not sure what’s going on with the posts… except for missing the date on today’s post, they should have all come up one way or another…

      And, as far as seeing the dress being made over several days, and liking it, you’ll get to see it again tomorrow…Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time in my day to get it totally finished…but I’m close…
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. The new outfit is looking good! I don’t know what’s up with that sleeve, but I’m sure you’ll get it fixed. I like the idea of a flower wreath that someone suggested.

    • HI Carolyn,
      I’m working on her hair and her headpiece tonight… that’s what slowed me down today from having it totally finished… but maybe tomorrow night I can get it listed…
      Thanks for your comments,
      Blessings, Jeanne

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