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Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Wohoo, it’s Week 2 of PR&P and I’m still here, which means that I reached at least my minimal goal. I seriously loved what the other’s made last week and am already super curious what they’ll show today. We have had quite some fun chats in our contestant facebook group. This week was pretty hard for most of us. It’s thus, very good that we aren’t alone in this, but cheer each other on! Anyways, let me show you what I’ve made for week 2, one of my all time favorites, and let me tell you a little background story!

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

The theme for week 2 is „Cosplay inspired“ – when I read this, the first thing that I did was to google cosplay. There are cosplayers in Germany, too, but it’s not a mass movement and I had to make sure that I was thinking in the right direction. First, I thought that it had also to be anime/manga or so inspired, but it – luckily – turned out that any fictional character would do. Many characters crossed my mind, but it took me two weeks to decide which one to choose as I wanted it to be kid-appropriate. I love Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and similar. They would have been some seriously cool costume inspiration, but I didn’t want to choose a character that my daughter didn’t know.

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-ConnectionI wonder why it took me so long, when the answer was right in front of me: My daughter is indeed named after a character from one of my favorite books and movies: Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren (although in the german version it’s Ronja). I know that Astrid Lindgren isn’t as popular in the US as here in Europe, but I’m sure you know one of her characters: Pippi Longstocking. She has, however, written many other amazing books, most of which have been turned into movies, too. Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter plays in a medival world with some fantasy-like creatures in it, too. Ronia and her parents live together with their band of robbers in a castle on a hill that is surrounded by a forest through which a beautiful and wild river runs. Ronia loves to explore the forest and the animals that live in it, she has a big heart and sometimes is so full of joy that she has to shout out loud. However, she also is very strong minded and stands up for those that she loves (seriously, she is the best character to name your daughter after). In preparation for this look, we have watched the movie with our daughter for the first time (we fast forwarded the parts that would still be too intense for her). She totally fell in love with it, is now super proud to be called Ronja, too, and was so happy to get an outfit that is inspired by “her” character.

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

I created a a look that consists of many different pieces that together give the „Ronja Räubertochter“ feeling (please check out my Ronia, the robber’s daughter pinterest board to see some photographs of the Ronia from the movie). I deviated a bit from the brown color scheme to make it more appropriate for my daughter. Also, once you leave off some of the accessoires and maybe wear some jeans instead of the leggings, the whole look isn’t medieval anymore. The sweater goes with many other tops and the tunic can be worn on its own, too.

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

The leggings for which I used some brown jersey from my stash are drafted from some other leggings and adjusted to fit my daughter well and to allow for the growth spurt that is about to happen soon.  The cape is made from a gorgeous purple wool. It has a high-low hem and a big lined hood with a high front that works also as a shawl. The cape is self-drafted, too. I just cut a circle out of the wool and cut the neckline 15cm from the middle (to get the high low hem). I stayed pretty close to the original cape, but didn’t make the high low hem quite as dramatic due to practical reasons (warmth!!!). To make the look fully winter appropriate I decided to cut into an old coat (faux leather and shearling) of mine: The old hood was cut in more straight angles and sewed to become a pixie hat (self drafted). The hem of the coat turned into gloves and the sleeves were used to hide my daughter’s very inappropriate winter boots. Last, but not least I cut a circle piece of leater, punched holes around the circumference and threaded a leather band through it. This became the perfect little leather bag for little treasure finds in the forest. Being dressed warm and cozy like this we went to an old tower in the forest over a beautiful river – the perfect photoshoot location. Ronja was happy to explore and I was happy to snap away.

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-ConnectionThe pictures of the last garments were taken at home. The tunic is based on the Mara blouse by Compagnie M. I not only lengthened it, but also removed the front yoke and drafted a V-neckline that I finished with an understitched facing. To add a little something special I also embroidered the front. It shows a howling wolf. This reminds of the nursery song that Ronias mother sings for her at bed time. It’s about a how the wolf howls in the forest because of hunger, but that he can’t ever have her daughter (sounds more rude when summarized). I’ve sung the very same song to my daughter almost every night for the last six years and whenever she got hurt or was sick.  This simple embroidery means so much to her and to me.

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-ConnectionThe beige tunic length sweater with cap sleeves is self-drafted and upcycled from an old sweater of mine. I made sure to reuse the cables at the neckline to give it a more unique look.

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-ConnectionI hope that you like our little background story, the clothes and the photoshoot. Please head over to Project Run and Play, check out what the others sewed and vote for your favorite (Ronia, the robber’s daughter!!!). Then, once you have voted, make sure to google “Ronia, the robber’s daughter” to order a copy of the book for your kids. You and they will love it! And come back to check out all my posts about our trip to Sweden where we saw things connected to Astrid Lindgren everywhere – we even found the place that inspired her to write Ronia, the robber’s daughter!

Project Run and Play, Season 11, Week 2: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - a cosplay inspired outfit designed by Näh-Connection

Comments

  • ren says:

    You knocked this one out of the park! All of the details are perfect. Love it.

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Thank you so much, Ren. I so wasn’t sure if people will like the look. Especially since I knew that noone would know the character. So glad that you do like it!

  • Courtney says:

    Truly amazing job! I want that cape! I love the color and shape of it. The wolf is fantastic too.

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Thank you so much, Courtney. That cape was so much fun to create. Although I was very short on wool, so I actually had to make a muslin for it. Good that I did: Had to redo the hood 3 times until it was the way that I wanted it to be!
      I contemplated about what to embroider for almost a week. First I wanted to do the castle or a forest scenery. Then suddenly while singing the song to my daughter, I knew that it had to be the wolf!

  • Amy says:

    This outfit is amazing! How did you have time to sew everything in just one week? Pippi Longstocking was always one of my favorites as a girl. Never heard of Ronia though so I looked at your pinterest board. I have to say I like all the changes you made for this challenge. Good job :)

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Hi Amy,

      well we got the themes some weeks ago and I made sure to sew in advance – even though there was the risk of having to leave after the first week, but then I would have just entered it in the sew along. My week 3 look is almost finished, so I hope to make it there! Wish me luck! Also: If you like Pippi, you will like Ronia (and for that matter all other characters of Astrid Lindgren), too. It’s a magical story about love and friendship, freedom and courage!

  • Ute says:

    So schön! Und eure Location ist ja wirklich perfekt! So eine Tunika will ich auch – ich liebe dieses Lied auch sehr!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Liebe Ute, ja die Location war wie dafür gemacht. Auch wenn’s natürlich nur noch ein Turm ist, der da steht. Und ja das Wolfslied ist soooo schön.

  • MIREN says:

    What a sweet story and look!! It has so many details in it, it is soo soo special. I really like it. And that embroidery!! Congratulations!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Thank you so much Miren. This project is really close to my heart and I’m so happy that you and many others like it!

  • Audrey says:

    Absolute perfection! We ADORE Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter at our house and read it often!!! We leaped and laughed for joy when we saw your post this morning! I love that cape, the tunic, and the hat. The shearling/leather touches are so amazing. Completely adorable from head to toe. Very, very well done!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Oh Audrey, thank you (and your family) so much for these nice comments. It’s good to hear that people just like the outfit. However, it’s so much better when people like you who actually know Ronia love it and think that I got it right! Do you know the other books of Astrid Lindgren, too? Your boys would love Emil!

  • RaeAnna says:

    Wow! I didn’t notice ALL the details from the Project Run and Play post so I’m so glad that you highlighted them here! That tunic is amazing! I need one for Eva Mae! Great work and what a fun photoshoot!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Thank you Rae Anna. I had a ton of fun sewing all the pieces and it just came together real nice. I’m really glad that you like it!

  • I love this outfit so much! It is cute and cool at the same time. I watched the Ronja movie again just yesterday, so I was very surprised to see your beautiful interpretation of Ronja’s outfit at PRP today. I just and stop looking at the pictures in the snow: they’re lovely! You seem to live in a beautiful surrounding.

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Thank you Eva. What a fun coincidence that oyu just watched the movie. And it seems as if you think that I got the Ronja mood quite well! Makes me really happy. And yes our area in southern Germany is super beautiful!

  • Saskia says:

    Wow, excellent work again Annika! Love this outfit, a true tribute to Ronja! And that location is magnificent too.

  • Kristi says:

    Annika, this outfit is fantastic! I love the inspiration, and you’ve really brought the character alive. All the details, all the layers, all so good! A few more exclamation points because I love it that much !!!!!!!! :)

  • Angela says:

    What a wonderful outfit with so many great details! We love Ronia (and Pippi, and the Children of Noisy Village) in our house, so it is really fun to see your interpretation. And the setting for your photos could not be more perfect. Well done!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Thank you Angela. We are hugh fans of everything Astrid Lindgren. Her characters are simply the best. I’m glad that you think my interpretation of Ronia is good.

  • Beth says:

    I grew up absolutely loving all of the Pippi books (I even dressed as her for Halloween as a kid), and I have heard of Ronia but unbelievably still haven’t read it. Your post and this amazing outfit have inspired me–I have got to get that book now!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Oh, Beth, you have to read Ronia. And also the other books of Astrid Lindgren. They are SO good! Also, thanks for calling the outfit “amazing” ;)

  • Kristin says:

    The clothes are all absolutely beautiful and look so cozy! I want that purple cape for myself haha. I’m loving everything you have made in project run and play so far and can’t wait to see more of your creations!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Oh, Kristin, thank you so much. I’m glad that you like my things. I put a lot of work into this competition and it’s good to know that people like what I make!

  • This is all so beautiful Annika! I love that you used so many great fabrics too, so this looks properly warm. (I have a real obsession with children being warm enough). Real wool, real shearling. (You cut up a coat! Mother love indeed…..) And the embroidered wolf is gorgeous.
    And the photography, the scenery! Totally magical… I’m going to have to discover Ronia, I read Pippi Longstocking a long time ago, but this looks like something my little girl would love too.
    Really, really, gorgeous Annika – Everything!

  • Sopo says:

    I couldn’t beloved the inspiration of your look! We just recently discovered Ronia and read the book to our 5 year old, she loved it! Didn’t know about the movie, i wonder if there is a version with English translation?!…. Anyways her look in the movie is gorgeous and i live your interpretation!! Great details and beautiful photos!

    • Annika Ferk says:

      I’m glad that you like it. The movie is really magical, but I don’t think there is an english version. However, I have found out that the japanese Studio Ghibli produced a Ronia series. Maybe that one will be available in english soon!

  • Katja says:

    Annika – congratulation! I knew for many years that you are doing things you are really interested very focused. But this outfit is just unbelievable!
    Good luck for the next vote

    • Annika Ferk says:

      Wow, Schwesterherz. Jetzt bin ich baff. Mit einem Kommentar von dir hab ich so gar nicht gerechnet, aber ich freu mich natürlich sehr! Danke!

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