Western dirndl & red tooled leather!


Hello again friends,

I’ve got an outfit post for you today, featuring a few things made by me and some other great vintage goodies.


This is the third dirndl skirt that I’ve made using the instructions in Gertie’s book & I’m sure I’ll make more! They are so easy to make and comfortable to wear. I highly recommend giving it a try, if you haven’t already.

western skirt

I found this great western print cotton at my local fabric store and knew it had to be mine! I think it works perfect for this style of skirt.

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The blouse is an old standard of mine that I found in a little antique shop in Florida. I just love these cotton button-up blouses, I wear them with everything!

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The shoes (oh, the shoes!!) are red tooled leather wedges that I picked up on my last visit to Los Angeles and I ADORE them! I’ve dreamt of these very wedges for years now, so I am really loving them.


The finishing touches to this outfit are:

tooled leather belt (thrifted in Nevada)

1930’s (?) burgundy sunglasses (thrifted)

hair scarf (my grandma’s)

wooden earrings with carved horses (vintage)

cactus felt pin (made by me)

burgundy tooled leather handbag (vintage shop in Arizona)


vintage basket purse (birthday gift from Mom)

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It was a challenge keeping Herby (my adorable boxer) out of these photos, so I had to let her get in on a few at the end!

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Vintage Lovin’ Gal


Handmade Dirndl Skirt


I recently bought a copy of the wonderful Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and haven’t been able to put it down! If you aren’t aware of Gertie and her work, you can find her and the glory that is vintage sewing here: http://www.blogforbettersewing.com

Anywho, in the book Gertie teaches us to draft a pattern for a dirndl skirt and to sew it up in a few easy steps.  I couldn’t wait to try this out, and yesterday that’s just what I did!

This skirt was really easy to draft because it’s simply a large rectangle that is gathered at the waistline. Add a simple waistband, a side zipper, a bit of hemming and you’ve got yourself a skirt! Don’t you just love projects that come together quickly?

I used a cute red & white gingham cotton for my skirt which I recently bought at a thrift store for a steal! This skirt cost me almost nothing to make..can’t beat that!

Here it is folks, my finished skirt! Im really happy with the way it turned out and with how quick the whole process was. I will definitely be using this technique again. Thanks Gertie!

Until next time,

xoxo, tina

vintage lovin’ gal