Readers, I'm finally starting to sew that dirndl I've been talking about. I'm using Burda 7443 as a starting point, but the fit has been eluding me so far--I'm on muslin number 4 at the moment! If you're considering this pattern, you should know that it is extremely low-cut. In fact, I think it's meant to sit underneath the bust rather than at the mid-bust point like a typical dirndl. Also, the underarms are very high and the straps very wide-set, which created some fitting issues for me. I had intended to blog the whole muslin process but it became a little overwhelming with so many changes. I really feel like I'm challenging myself with this project, though, so that's a good thing.
Anyway, I know many of you are experienced dirndl wearers and sewers, so I wanted to get your thoughts on the closure. The Burda pattern has a zipper closure, as does my dirndl that I bought in Passau. I've lightened the picture below so you can see the zipper below the lacing. (Perhaps it's more typical to use a zipper when there will be lacing to conceal it?)
I've since had the chance to examine higher-end dirndls by Tostmann Trachten, Lena Hoschek, Julia Trentini, and Gossl--and they all close with either hooks and eyes or buttons.
|Lena Hoschek Dirndl|
As a side note, the Burda pattern calls for an invisible zipper, which just seems like madness to me. I've had invisible zippers split from the stress of just a fitted sheath dress in a medium weight fabric, so I can't imagine what an interfaced dirndl bodice would do to one--probably chew it up and spit it out.
So I'm definitely leaning towards hooks and eyes to get a nice clean finish. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, readers. What do you think of the zipper closure on a dirndl?