The best part of Oktoberfest is the food, drink, and wearing dirndls! The not so fun part is the mustard dripping on your apron, that drunk guy behind you spilling his Jägermeister on your blouse and just that overall stale beer smell your dirndl has because you may or may not have sat in a puddle of Spaten Okotberfest. However, there is an easy way to solve this problem… a nice post wiesen dirndl cleaning!
Caring for your Rare Dirndl is pretty simple and below is a quick overview of the cleaning instructions for your dirndl. (and there should be a tag in the garment that explains how to clean it too)
Blouse: The vast majority of Rare Dirndl blouses are a 65% cotton 35% polyester blend which is fabulous because you can toss that puppy in the washer and dryer and it’ll come out like a dream! I like to wash them on a gentle cycle and then in the dryer. For the sparkle organza blouse, line drying or machine air drying is best. I also let the draped sleeve blouses air dry, but I’ve accidentally put them in the dryer on high and they turned out just fine.
Apron: Since the apron is what usually gets dirty the fastest, I try to choose washable fabrics for the aprons, but if it is dry clean only, the tag will say so. So for the apron, please check the tag to be sure.
Dirndl: Your best bet with the dirndl is to have it dry cleaned or spot clean it yourself with a wet rag and some detergent. The fabrics used to make the dirndls are typically machine washable. However, its the handwork is the reason you don’t really want to toss it in the washer. The trim may start to fray and the front hooks and hardware may start to come loose.
Bloomers: Easy peasy… machine wash and dry.
If you ever have any concerns about caring for your dirndl, you can either e-mail me or take it to the cleaners and ask their opinion. Even though I make the dirndls, I don’t always know the best way to clean them. But… that quirky dry cleaners in the strip mall down the street that’s been there forever and ever, probably knows how to get just about any stain out of your apron and/or dirndl.
Or… just give it to Oma and give her a big hug… she’ll probably take care of it for you 😉