Folks, I don’t know if it is due to Oktoberfest or the fact that I found two amazing dirndls while thrifting, but I’m really digging traditional German clothing right now. The other night, I pulled out my old Burda magazines from the year I had a subscription (2009) and came across these images in the September issue.
I then remembered reading in Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look that Tyrolean/Alpine styles were very popular in the late thirties and early forties. I’m guessing these types of styles went out rather quickly when war began! If you scroll the interwebs you see many pictures from this period of stars in dirndls and suspender skirts. Here is one of my favorites that I found, granted this is from a Tyrolean Party.
I have some patterns in my collection from this period in which I definitely see the influence.
The jacket of this pattern is reminiscent of the traditional little jacket commonly worn with the dirndl.
I actually made this dress last year (view 2) but it came out looking a bit “school-marm” for my taste so into the wadder pile it went!
Finally, Q at Q’s Daydream Vintage turned me onto Lena Hoschek’s “Tradition” collection. ERMAGERD they are all SO AMAZING!!
Images from the collection can be found on Q’s blog and here.
I’m so incredibly inspired by all these images!! I have a great thrifted mens boiled wool jacket that I plan to take apart and turn into one of these jaunty jackets. Burda currently has some great traditional German jacket patterns that I hope to scoop up and use for this purpose. I’d love to snag a green Tyrolean hat as well. I would look so pert with my dirndl and jacket! Now, just to find somewhere to wear it ;)
Unfortunately, I’m currently unable to act on my inspiration. My sewing machine is pretty much spoken for right now as I finish up my Halloween costume and then begin my daughters. In an amazing stroke of luck she actually took my suggestion and is going to be Marie Antoinette for Halloween this year! I only had one caveat; she has to wear a red velvet ribbon around her neck to signify the beheading. She thought this was a bit morbid, but she’s going to go with it. Huzzah!
So how about you folks? Are you inspired by traditional German styles?