Rose’s Travel Clothes



Andi Kimberling


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Other Credits

Photographer - Greg Kimberling

Outline the story …

“East” by Edith Pattou is a retelling of the Norweigian folktale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” The father, a former mapmaker, designed a windrose for each of his children when they were born. The cloak is based off of the one that Rose, the main character, weaves using her windrose design. It is described to have a polar bear shaped cloud at the North, where I have placed the hood. I wanted the swirls inside the polar bears to invoke the idea of clouds. To the East, it is described to have a rising Sun. The South is a mountain because Rose stays in a castle that is carved into a mountain South of where she grew up. There is a moon to the West as a nod to the folktale.

Polar bears play a large role in the book, so I included white fur trim. In the center, I placed a Runic Compass. The imagery, depicted in red thread, is believed to be a viking symbol used to protect the wearer from getting lost. Rose’s mother is a very superstitious woman, so it made sense to me that the father would include something in his design that would protect his youngest daughter. Rose’s travel clothes were inspired by the traditional Norweigian folk dress called bunad. While the book takes place in the mid 16th century, and the bunad did not come into play until the 1800s, I thought Rose’s clothes could be a precursor to the more embellished bunad.

Outline the construction…

The Windrose Cloak is hand embroidered on a wool blend fabric. I lined the cloak with a white fleece material. I used two panels sewn together to make sure it was wide enough to reach all corners of the cloak, and I had a separate piece for the hood section. I attached the lining to the edges of the embroidered wool and then tacked the two together in various places. I attached the faux fur trim of the cloak to the edges with a combination of machine and hand sewing.

Rose’s Travel Clothes are three separate pieces. The underdress is constructed like a shift would have been, using rectangles and squares with side gores. I used a mandarine collar pattern from pinterest, and a hook and bar closure to hold the collar shut. I chose a decorative button in place of a broach. I used elastic to gather the sleeve cuffs, and finished the buttonholes on the cuffs by hand.
I used a bodice pattern from MaxPattern on Etsy, and altered it so that it could have the neckline and closures that I wanted. I whip stitched the seam allowance to the lining fabric to finish the seams and finished the neckline and arm holes with machine topstitching.
I used the skirt from Simplicity’s vintage 9008 pattern. I altered the pattern so that I could use less skirt panels and finished the seams with french seams. The waistband was a bias cut strip, with a hook and bar closure.




  1. Avatar Sparrow on March 11, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Oh look, someone else who knows this book! I love the polar bear motif you used.

    • Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad someone else knows the story!

  2. Avatar Rebecca on March 11, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Congratulations! I love your ensemble– especially the front bodice closures and the cape! The embroidery looks like magic spells.

    • Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much! I was debating on whether to submit everything or if I should just do the cloak. I’m glad I ended up doing the whole ensemble

  3. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 12, 2021 at 12:02 am

    That cape! It’s just the most wonderful thing. I love the whole outfit, it’s beautifully done. But the cape. Best of luck x

    • Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you so much ! Out of everything, I’m definitely most proud of the cloak!

  4. Avatar Samanthalovestosew on March 12, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    So imaginative and beautifully sewn.

  5. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 12, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    The cape and the embroidery – Woah, beautiful! The whole ensemble is wonderful.

    • Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you! I’m really happy with how it all came together!

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    I need that cloak. Absolutely gorgeous outfit <3

  7. Avatar Laurie on March 12, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Lovely ensemble! I like the naturalness of the travel clothes.

    • Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much! I wasn’t sure if I would do the full ensemble, and then I found the fabric and it was too perfect to not do the travel clothes in it!

  8. Sophia Khan Sophia Khan on March 13, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    The cloak is so impressive I just love it!

    • Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

  9. Avatar Regina Finan on March 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Oh wow!!!!!
    I just adore this cloak. It’s so beautiful and your embroidery is amazing.
    The bears are brilliant. 😀

  10. Avatar Andi on March 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you so much!! The bears were one of the last things I embroidered. It was fun to do something different than the straight lines of the mountains 🙂

  11. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 1:47 am

    I love everything about this. Full stop. That bear design is breathtaking.

  12. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Wow, I really love this! That embroidery is sensational! Thank you!

    • Avatar Andi on March 25, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      THank you!! I’m so happy with how the embroidery turned out

  13. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I adored this book as a child! (in the UK it was published under the title North Child, but I knew the story immediately from your description) The entire outfit is gorgeous, the cloak is incredible, the embroidery is just absolute perfection!! Love this so much!

    • Avatar Andi on March 25, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      Yes! I wanted to include the UK’s title in the description but ran out of space and I didn’t want to compromise on the description.
      Thank you!! I’m so glad you like it! I wasn’t sure how many people would know the story 🙂

  14. Avatar Emeline Barrès on March 24, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Wow…..I love your whole outfit, but that cloak oO serious envy here, now I want to make one for myself…. Gorgeous work !

  15. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 25, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I’d wear this outfit on a heart beat! Great job!

    • Avatar Andi on March 25, 2021 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you!! I definitely wanted to be able to wear the skirt out and about and I’ve already gotten some nice use out if 🙂

  16. Avatar Kathleen LaFlamme on March 25, 2021 at 4:18 am

    This was one of my favorite stories when I was about 8 or so. I love how you incorporated the compass and the polar bear fur. Nice work!

  17. Avatar Anita Simon on March 27, 2021 at 6:45 am

    I read this book such a long time ago that the details are fuzzy, but I remember it fondly.
    The cloak you made is stunning. I love the shape and how it moves and the embroidery!

  18. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Beautiful, the cape (both the concept and execution) is insane! 😍 As a Norwegian, my eyes ZOOMED towards your thumbnail and immediately saw the bunad inspo! 😀 Beautifully made, and a really good fabric choice!

  19. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    I love this outfit! You obviously put so much thought and effort into every little detail of it. Amazing job!

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