Make Your Own Dirndl Apron
Design a custom made dirndl apron to add the perfect finishing touch to a traditional German dirndl, or a modern Landhausmode. Choose from stiff, medium weight Monroe Satin, with smooth and fluid draping or soft, lightweight Panama Flo for a springy fabric with a slight bounce to it. Both textiles are poly-blend materials, woven using spun yarns and opaque, however Monroe Satin has a shiny surface whereas Panama Flo is matte.
Your label, your brand
Planning on selling your designs? Add your brand name and information to a fabric label for a truly professional, personal touch. Each label is as unique as the garment you design it for, so you can even customise it with your customer's name or a personal message. Custom fabric labels are perfect for ensuring care instructions are passed to your customers and for building your brand and becoming recognisable.
Style it With
Your custom made dirndl apron will compliment your outfit wonderfully by itself, especially for a more summery feel using the Panama Flo fabric. If you are aiming for a more autumnal look, use the Monroe Satin fabric and pair with our headscarf - in silk - for traditional German "Seidentuch" headgear.
Wash at 30°c, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.
The Contrado promise
Our talented team of over 100 makers, customer service staff, marketeers, designers, and developers, love to make things in our London production facility. It means everything Contrado produces is in-house with experience that dates back to 2003 overseeing and making custom products promising:
- 100% Made in UK
All our products are handmade in-house in the UK
- Speedy Turnaround
Orders are made and dispatched usually within 1-2 days
- Made to Order
Every order is made to order with no mass production
- High Quality
We use high quality materials to create bespoke products
- Personal Service
In-house customer service offers personal and attentive service
Turn your design talent into business
Whether you are looking to expand your product range or start your brand from scratch, we can help you sell your designs. We support creative brands and independent designers with our extensive experience of bespoke manufacturing on-demand. We can help you make your idea into a high quality physical product and sell your product how you want to.
Sell With Us
Frequently asked questions:
What parts of my custom made dirndl apron can I design?
You can not only choose the fabric that your custom made dirndl apron is made from, but the front of the apron is made from a single piece of fabric which is entirely your own design. The tie is made from a 1 metre white, satin ribbon, however the rest of the apron is customisable so you can truly make your own dirndl apron.
How is my design printed?
We use a process known as sublimation printing, which provides a wonderful finish. The inks penetrate deep into the fabric's fibres and are permanently fused with the fabric. This gives you vivid colours and amazing quality. We print your design directly onto the fabric of your choice, and then use that piece of fabric to create your apron rather than butting the fabric to shape and then printing. This provides a seamless result.
Will my apron crumple and crease?
It won't. Both the Monroe Satin and Panama Flo fabrics are fantastic for not creasing. The stiff feel to the Panama Flo makes the fabric easy to manipulate and holds its shape well, returning to its natural state with little to no creasing. Monroe Satin returns to its regular shape if you simply lay it flat. So you can enjoy your own custom design, on this beautiful dirndl apron crease-free.
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What's the best resolution to print in?
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change colour using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
How will my image scale?
When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.
Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?
If each individual colour is specifically important to your design, choose CYMK as our setup will print each colour with the closest possible match within our available range. If the relationship between the colours within the image is more important choose RGB; this will reduce all colours equally to fit within our range.
For most of our fabrics, there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10m max to visualise the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20m or x4 for 40m for example) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built-in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.
Do I need to incorporate white space within my design if I want a border or some cutting space?
Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 5mm white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.
Do you print on fabric a customer supplies?
Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them.
Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?
For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail, jpeg is fine.
Why is there a barcode inside my clothing?
Due to our internal processes here at Contrado, there will be a barcode printed on your garment. This is inside the clothing and will not affect your design. It is usually found towards the bottom.
What is the situation with material shrinkage?
Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary. As everything we produce is handmade to order, there may be a slight variance in the measurements.
Can I print on both sides of the fabric?
We do not offer printing on both sides of the fabric, as many fabrics are semi-transparent. As the customer, you can consider the effect of printing on both sides one of our fabrics and contact us, and we will get back to you if it's feasible.
Can I order labels in another fabric? Will you cut them as you do with the normal fabric labels?
At the moment our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into labels.
How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are printed using water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat procedure fixes the colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfilment.
Delivery time & Costs
We handmake your item on site, which takes on average 1-3 days. Please check individual production times which are displayed next to the item price on the product page, as this varies from product to product. In rare cases when we need to re-print
an item, this may take an additional 1-2 days.
After your item has been manufactured, we ship your order via your chosen method. Please add on the production time to the delivery time to calculate when your order will be with you. Select your delivery method in your basket.
We have a range of trusted shipping options:
- Royal Mail 1st Class Standard (no tracking) - 1-5 working days on average (please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
- Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded (no tracking) - Usually delivered the next working day. It is not a guaranteed next day service, or a tracked service. A signature is required. (Please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
- Special Delivery - Delivered the next working day
- Saturday Delivery (deliver only on Sat)
- Collection from our London Office (between 4-6pm on working days only)
- For international orders or large/bulky packages within the UK, we ship via DHL or Fedex services. This takes on average 2-5 working days.
You can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products with your very own designs.
You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy.
Make use of our Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Experience
At Contrado, every product is handmade on site to ensure the highest quality. We provide a dedicated production service as well as a range of fast delivery options. For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.
Produced and ready to ship within 1-3 days on average.
A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.
Low shipping fees
- We print and make everything in-house. Production times are dependent on the product.
Express shipping available
- From £1.25 to ship within the UK.
- A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.