Sewing School

St Kilda Melbourne

Learn to Sew – A Dirndl Skirt

What is a Dirndl skirt? A dirndl skirt generally describes a full gathered skirt with a tight waistband which falls below the knee. 

Today’s fashion is a variation on the taditional dress worn in Germany – especially Bavaria – Liechtenstein, Austria, and South Tyrol, and based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants.

In this one day course you will learn how to draft and sew your very own Drindl skirt.

Skill level required

This course is designed for sewers who have had some basic sewing skills. Ideally you have basic sewing skills and have made something like a cushion or a bag .

What you will learn.

  • Calculating measurments and transferring to a pattern
  • Draft a basic skirt with waistband pattern
  • Finishing seams and using an overlocker
  • Gathering techniques
  • Adding a waistband 
  • Inserting a lapped zipper and hook and eye

What to bring.

  • Enough fabric for your skirt. Twice the desired length of your skirt. Please contact me for more advice.
  • An 18cm zipper matching your fabric
  • Thread to match

What you get

  • Coffee, Tea and light lunch. Please advise of any special dietry requirments.
  • A small intimate group of 3 sewers 
  • A fabulous skirt made by you and a champagne to celebrate!

Lessons are run in my cool little studio in Elsternwick, right near the train station.

The maximum number of students is three so each student will get personalised instructions and plenty of time to practise on the sewing machines supplied. If you have your own machine, you are welcome to bring it along.

*Annie has her Fashion Design and Production Certificate and over 30 years of sewing experience. 

*Annie has also been recently awarded a Dressmaker of the Year Award, 2018 from Simplicity patterns.


If you have any questions, please contact us.