A year ago, I started this Octoberfest costume. I had just finished making my dress form and this was one of my first projects on it. It was a few days before Halloween and I thought that I would be able to finish it in time.
I realized that this project wasn’t a priority anymore. I wanted to work on the trailer.
So, this fall I thought that I would finish my Dirndl. My Octoberfest costume was created from Burdastyle magazine’s pattern 117. It is a German magazine, so an Octoberfest costume makes sense.
I changed the pattern just a bit. The original did not have a tie up front. I added the extra piece in the middle similar to one of the plus size pattern details. I also added piping. The length was also shortened for the skirt and the apron.
The white floral fabric underneath was a free dress that I got from a clothing swap party. I cut it to my belly and then rounded out the neckline. I added some white bias tape to the edge of this. I did not touch the sleeves. This saved me some time in not having to make an undershirt.
For the apron I added pockets that would be big enough to carry my waitress ticket book. I worked on halloween and thought that this would be a great costume to wear.
I decided to use some of my decorative stitches as well.
Basically, for the amount of time I put into this, I should have gone to every Halloween party that I was invited to. I took it easy this year though. Now, at least I have an Octoberfest costume and could wear it drinking in the fall.
Have you ever put a lot of time into a costume?