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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!
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
I 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!