The secret to a stylish and beautiful dirndl is taking precise body measurements. Accurate data on your body’s estimation is essential to your dress’s success, whether you create it from a professionally fitted pattern or design it from your own particular style.
This blog is a quick guide to taking accurate measurements for a perfectly fitting tracht so you can enjoy a comfortable and convenient festival.
How To Calculate Different Pieces for A Dirndl
The traditional Bavarian tracht is a four-piece attire including the blouse, bodice, skirt, and apron. For an ideal fitting, you should take separate measurements for every piece rather than a full-body calculation. Why do we emphasize this?
The reason is that every piece contributes to accentuating your physical features, and a separate estimate for each article will help you achieve that ideal fitting for the ensemble. A generic measurement might give you a disproportionate outfit, and you will be annoyed throughout the event. Here’s how you should measure every item for the Oktoberfest dirndl.
The Blouse Measurements For Dirndl
The measurements for the blouse are divided into the front and back side calculations. So ensure that you have an accurate estimate for both sides. For the front side, you will need to measure the front length, low-bust, full-bust and upper-bust circumference, shoulder-to-chest and apex-to-apex length, and the neckline depth.
To measure the back side, you must calculate the back length, waist circumference, shoulder width, and back neck depth. You can take measurements by following some simple steps, in case you want to order your dirndl online.
You should hold the measuring tape, so it is leveled up against your body. Keep it firmly enough to prevent drooping but not so tightly that it becomes uncomfortable. Wearing the same slip, strapless bra, and body shaper that you’ll be wearing on Oktoberfest day during the measurement session is the smartest option.
For the neck-to-shoulder estimate, place the tape from the nape of your neck to the shoulder joint and take the measurement. For the blouse length, position the tape at the center of the shoulder and bring it down straight to where you want it to end, based upon your preference. Usually, the dirndl blouse finishes off around the under-bust area to give a fuller look to the bosom.
You can skip the sleeve length calculation if you plan to wear a sleeveless blouse. Set the tape at the outer edge of your shoulder and measure down the arm until your required length is reached. You can go for any option, including short or three-quarter sleeves.
To highlight that gorgeous decollete, the bust calculations are imperative. Measure from the end of your underarms to the fullest part of your chest. Ensure that the tape is even from the back to the front. For the bottom of the blouse, measure from right above the waistline just below the bust. The bust is one of the most essential parts of your dirndl, so ensure there are no miscalculations here.
To calculate the area between the shoulder and the chest, start measuring from the joining point of the neck and shoulder until you reach the bust. Ensure that the tape is properly aligned at the front.
For the depth of the neckline, draw the measuring tape diagonally from the top of the shoulder at the neck region to the middle of your chest, exactly where you want the neckline to end.
To take an estimate of the armhole circumference:
- Make sure that your shoulders are relaxed.
- In line with your armpit, place the measuring tape at the top of the shoulder.
- Loop the tape around your arm, across your shoulder’s end, and to the straight point. The measurement should feel tight but not extremely so.
Taking the shoulder measurement is one of the easiest ones so far. You must measure from the right shoulder to the left or vice versa at the back, and Voila! You’ll have the correct estimate.
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The measurements you will take for the blouse are the same ones that can be used for the bodice with some additions and subtractions. For the bodice, you will need to know the length, which can be measured from the under-bust to the end of the cervix. The circumference of the bodice will be tighter than that of the dirndl blouse.
You will need to measure the bodice front separately for the length and width. The front length measurements include center front, full length (from waist to the side of your neck), bust height, shoulder slope, and side seam.
For the front width, you should calculate the shoulder breadth (from the ending point of the collar bone to the neck), shoulder width (from one tip to the other), high bust, full bust, and waist width.
The Skirt For Oktoberfest Dirndl
Three different lengths of a traditional Bavarian skirt include mini, midi, and maxi. Before calculating the length, you should measure the waist and the hips.
For the waist area, measure from the front (where you usually wear your pants) to the back and point. For the hips, place the measuring tape at the largest part of your hips and bring it to the front.
The length measurement can be taken from the starting point of your waist to mid-thighs, knees, just below the knees, or up until the ankles depending on your preference.
Dirndls are sold at many online stores, but the size charts are typically confusing or not inclusive. Lederhosen Store has an all-encompassing size chart and options for ladies with every kind of body measurement. Grab one for yourself today!