The best part of the SSA for me is seeing what you’ve made!
Some of you have posted on the Wrenfeathers Flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/
You can also see more lovely creations on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jenwrenne/tagged/
Shirley starred in “Heidi,” an adaptation of the Johanna Spyri book in 1937. Movie costumes can either follow or inspire the style of the present day, and my guess is that this dress from the pattern was influenced by the Heidi aesthetic.
Traditional folk costumes of Europe often have a specific name in their language. In German, the word “Trachten,” refers to all folk costumes, and the specific women’s costume is called a Dirndl. The generic type you might see girls wearing at Oktoberfest or an event like that is often a jumper made of a cotton print and has a gathered blouse underneath. There are much fancier versions and specific regional variations as well. The blouses today usually have elastic or drawstrings to gather them, but for a doll it’s easy enough to sew the gathers in place, which is what was done with this one. A real Dirndl almost always has an apron too, but that wasn’t the case with these costume versions.
Although it’s not authentic to Trachten, I really like the embroidery on the sleeve! Printed transfers were not new at this time. McCall had an iron-on transfer called a “kaumagraph” since at least the 1920s, but the popularity of stamped/printed designs was increasing, especially with flour and feed sacks. It was possible to find flour and feed sacks with designs printed on them that you could embroider over, and then wash to eliminate the marks. These would be used for functional or decorative purposes, such as towels.
A .pes file of the sleeve embroidery is available free with purchase, just let me know you need it!