Princess and the Pea



Julia Jacobs

Outline the story …

Hans Christian Anderson published this folk tale, "Princess and the Pea", in 1835. The tale is of a Prince who can not find his ideal Princess wife. His mother takes in a young girl from the bad weather and when the young girl declared she was a Princess, the mother put her to the test by putting a pea under the multiple mattresses and feather down comforters to see if she was sensitive enough to feel the pea. In the morning, the young girl declares that she had a terrible night's sleep. The Prince was delighted and they were married. When I was little I always had a hard time sleeping and my mom would say the I was like the Princess and the Pea.

Outline the construction…

I used the Workwomen's guide to create a sleeping cap and square pattern nightdress. Both items are constructed from muslin. The gown has Swiss embroidered eyelet at the neck and cuffs. A few buttons close the front and a tie is run through the neck casing. The sleeping cap is made of the same muslin with cotton lace drawn up by the gathering runner and hand applied to the edge of the cap.




  1. Avatar Amira B. on March 11, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    I was smiling all the time while reading the story, it reminded me of the book I had on it in my childhood. This cap and nightdress look elegant and comfy! And the candleholder on the last photo gives a fairytale atmoshpere to the look. Congratulations on your entry!

  2. Avatar Kathleen Davies on March 12, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Everything so delicate and precise and clean! I can’t imagine the patience and skill to make all those tiny details so perfect!

  3. Avatar Wendy on March 12, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    This is absolutely darling, and so dainty. All the little details are so precise and beautifully done!

  4. Avatar Jocelyn Lofstrom on March 12, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    The workmanship is elegant and precise. I love this and want one!

  5. Avatar Amanda on March 13, 2021 at 1:09 am

    This looks so comfy and wonderful to swish around in!

  6. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 13, 2021 at 10:13 am

    I love all the delicate details.

  7. Avatar Rebecca on March 13, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Perfect in every way. You’ve a wonderful eye for detail.

  8. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 16, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Great job!

  9. Avatar Katie Hernandez on March 17, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Wonderful! I love the lace and buttons you chose. The lend well to the garment. Bravo!

  10. Avatar Laurie on March 20, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Very fine work. Beautiful.

  11. Avatar Elowen on March 23, 2021 at 10:25 am

    This is beautiful and crisp! Wonderful details, great job!

  12. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 26, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Lovely night dress and cap, well done! I especially love the lace you’ve used for the night dress <3

  13. Avatar Danielle Probst on March 27, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    It’s so beautiful in its classic simplicity. I thought it was from a historical drama and found myself thinking, why haven’t I seen this one?

  14. Avatar Sue (sue-mcfluzen) Assenmacher on March 29, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful. I love your creations.

  15. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I love how many beautiful details you were able to include in your creation

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