Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter



Alexandra Blowers


Outline the story โ€ฆ

This children's book by Astrid Lindgren, "Ronja, the Robber's Daughter", follows a young girl, daughter to the leader of a band of robbers, on her adventures from encountering trolls and foxes to surprisingly meeting a boy of her own age when a rival band moves in to the unoccupied part of the castle where Ronja's father's band live. What I remember of the story is a feeling of earthiness, dense woodland and mossy ground with small flowers shining like stars in the thick greenery.

I had a vague idea of a 50s silhouette, but unfortunately my skill level didn't quite reach the goal - also the petticoat did not arrive in time. In the end this turned out a little more cottage core, but I think this fits the character and her journey, as I tried to imagine how Ronja would be as an adult and also tried to mimic the neckline of Viking apron dresses a little.

Outline the constructionโ€ฆ

As I am very limited in space I wanted to create a garment I could wear every day while also invoking that woodland feeling. I chose a lovely, dark green needle cord and created an embroidery design at the neckline. I used a McCalls pattern and was able to adjust particularly the waistband (I am quite short waisted) but struggled a lot with the back (I apparently have a sway back in addition to a short waist, which results in quite a bit of puckering in the back of the bodice. It does not help that this was the first time I made anything fitted around the top half of the body...

I chose to flat line the fabric rather than bag line, which may not have been the best choice for some areas, especially the under arms where the side seams meet. I did not find the instructions very helpful so made up some parts as I went along, which may not have been the best idea. The hem may have been the greatest challenge as the skirt portion is almost a full circle. Most fortuitously Juul Thijssen has a video on hems and the lovely Desiree from Design by Desiree was very kind and came to my rescue via Instagram message. If you should see this: thank you again, Desiree :)




  1. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 12, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I love it. I would happily wear it every day. And the embroidery is perfect, it moves it on to another level. It was clearly challenging, by what you say, but so worth the effort and time. Best of luck x

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      Oh thank you so much! That is so kind!
      I am really happy with the embroidery – the rest I could pick apart for faults, but the embroidery actually came out as planned ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:59 am

    It came out beautiful! I love the flat lining! The embroidery looks adorable!

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much โค

  3. Avatar Emily on March 12, 2021 at 9:30 am

    So in love with the embroidery, just gorgeous. What an impressive little make and definitely something to wear every day

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      So glad you like it!โค

  4. Avatar Kaisa Raatikainen on March 12, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    The materials, colors, and embroidery are just wonderful – a lovely outfit! I also love that you took Ronja’s story as an inspiration. Being from Finland, I remember Ronja Ryรถvรคrintytรคr as one of the most powerful and exciting children’s tale from my own childhood; it is very much different from any regular princess fairytale, with it’s feministic spirit, strong emphasis on nature and folkloristic magical creatures. I really relate to your work here.

    • Avatar Hannah on March 12, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      It’s a beautiful dress, the embroidery is perfect across that neckline, and the way the skirt falls is just heavenly.

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      Oh, thank you! Yes, Ronja always resonated much more than sleeping beauty or other classic princesses. Really nice to know there is someone who also loves the story and am really proud you like the dress ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Avatar Ame on March 12, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    I love this dress and the design, the embroidery is such a great decorative touch and matches the color of the fabric wonderfully! You definitely got the woodland vibe down, it’s perfect cottagecore.

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜

  6. Avatar Regina Finan on March 12, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Loved this on Instagram and love it here. I’m a huge fan of your pretty embroidery. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜ so glad you like it, I think the embroidery is my favourite part ๐Ÿ˜…

  7. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    The embroidery is charming, and matched with the lovely forest green, really gives that woodland feel. I also love that the woodland theme is even reflected in your choice of floral lining fabric!

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      Oh, thank you, so happy you picked up on that detail inthe lining ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  8. Avatar Seelix on March 14, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Your embroidery is the perfect finishing touch to this outfit! I love how it contrasts with the corduroy.

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Avatar Rebecca on March 15, 2021 at 2:59 am

    The embroidery is so sweet! I love the lining! The calicos in those cooler colors and sweet prints, in contrast with the solid, tertiary hues on the face. I don’t know the story but that contrast feels evocative. I wonder if she ever needs a quick disguise, she could turn her dress inside out! Anyway, best of luck from Icarus!

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 16, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      Haha, she could indeed do with some camouflage at some moments. Glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Fly high, Icarus ๐Ÿ•Š

  10. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Love the simple silhouette, the gorgeous color, and holy wow, that embroidery!

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 18, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Avatar Ronja on March 17, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Beautiful dress with very nice details! I love the colour and silhouette of it!

    • Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 18, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Avatar Pentti Lahti on March 20, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Ronja would definately appreciate the cottagecore vibe! Lovely dress with such a strong character as inspiration!

  13. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Very nice, I really like this! The construction is well done. Thank you!

  14. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 25, 2021 at 2:20 am

    I love a good pinafore moment, this is super cute, love the embroidery, good job!

  15. Avatar Benigna on March 26, 2021 at 10:31 am

    This looks wonderful and very fitting for Ronja. I especially like the emboidery.

  16. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Your embroidery is so delicate and pretty! I love it!

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