Like everyone else, I want my Sashas to look like modern kids, wearing the sort of clothes that are comfortable and pretty; stylish, with a bit of designer chic for the girls, and street –cred for the boys! Well, and why not! That’s more or less what’s in the ever increasing number of Sasha clothes boxes. But then you remember that you are from Austria (originally) and that you used to wear ‘Dirndl’ dresses as a child. So this notion enters your head, that your Sashas need to reflect this, and you go on a hunt for a ‘Dirndl’ dress. You are in luck: Ruth http://www.ruthsdolls.eu/ has a very pretty ‘Bavarian’ outfit which is just the ticket. The fabrics and colours are just perfect (you wouldn’t expect anything else, really). You put it on your favourite Sasha and the job is done – you have recaptured a piece of your childhood!
Not quite, it seems! One Dirndl is never enough. You need at least a one more. Something a little simpler, maybe. A bit more ‘every day’. You look and look, but you don’t find! Stela (Aletsa) had just come on the scene and was going great guns with her sewing. She comes from Bulgaria. You assume she knows about a ‘Dirndl’ and you contact her. She would be happy to make you one, just as long as you can tell her what a ‘Dirndl’ dress actually is (she is too young to know!!!). You find a picture and you email it to her. She comes up trumps with these lovely outfits:
Here is a similar one in red
Jadzia has long been one of my favourite Sasha clothes designers. I like all her clothes, but some of her dresses have an unmistakable Middle European air about them. One or two of them would only need an apron to make them into a kind of Dirndl Dress (although they are perfect, just as they are)!
And here we have THE special dress designed by Jadzia. A gorgeous ‘Broderie Anglaise’ blouse, with a very full skirt and a corset made of black velvet. It is absolutely stunning. She used a red ribbon to lace up the corset, but I changed it to a simpler black cord, thereby bringing the focus back to the dress. This is not a Dirndl dress, but the elements are all there: the white blouse, the tight bodice and the full skirt! Brilliant!