Wendy Monfroy


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Outline the story …

Once upon a time, there was a young girl dreaming about fashions of the past. She was particularly admiring the elegant simplicity of the Edwardian silhouette and the more elaborate gowns from the turn of the century. Unfortunately, her family could not afford such clothes at the time. Although the young girl had a sewing machine and knew the very basic stitching, she never had either courage or patience to sew a single garment. Moreover, she was sorely lacking self confidence to undertake such a project or even to wear such garments.

As for now, the girl has grown into a young lady. As a pandemic suddenly struck the world, she was able to take advantage of her free time to admire once more the beautiful creations of her favorite YouTubers: Bernadette Banner, AraneaBlack, and so many others. This time, the young lady decided to be brave and sew the garments the dreamed of for so long in order to embrace her inner Edwardian self. To do so, she chose to start with two simple garments: the walking skirt featured in Bernadette Banner’s video and the wrap cape from American Duchess.

And there she is now, walking in the woods wearing here bright red cape and skirt. Hopefully, this turn of the century interpretation of Red Riding Hood would be brave enough to escape the wolf!

Outline the construction…

Both garments are made with burgundy cotton velvet and are highly inspired by Bernadette Banner’s videos.

The pattern for the skirt is drafted according to the method given in the “Keystone guide of jacket and dress cutting”, using the bell-shaped skirt.
The skirt is flat-lined with tarlatan, secured with pad stitches, and assembled by machine. All the seams are pressed using another piece of velvet under to protect the pile. The seam allowances are trimmed and felt down securely with a hand felt seam, using a matching cotton thread. The bottom of the skirt is folded and pressed. A tarlatan facing piece is stitched by hand all around the hem. Back pleats are made by sight and sewn in place. A waistband is cut in the same velvet fabric, sewn on the outside by machine, folded and sewn by hand for a clean finish on the inside. The walking skirt closes with hooks and eyes with a placket at the back.
Wool cloth is used as interlining (flat-lined) for the back and sleeve parts of the cape to give the garment extra warmth. The same wool serves as lining for the crossing part, as it will not be visible, in order to save some lining fabric. All the parts of the cape are assembled together by machine. Then the cotton lining is sewn by hand onto the cape. Finally, a cotton ribbon is sewn to each of the crossing part to close the garment at the back.




  1. Avatar Rachel Zanoni on March 11, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    That looks amazing and warm and so so cozy. I love the silhouette and how you wrote part of the description as a story.

  2. Avatar Amira B. on March 11, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Loved the photos, they have a fairytale atmosphere! Especially the one where you are running and with the old oil lamp. Congratulations on your entry 🙂

  3. Avatar Madelief on March 11, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl in a beautiful outfit! Love the atmosphere!

  4. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Sumptuous! Such a beautiful deep red velvet. All beautifully realised. Amazing work. Can I steal your cloak? Best of luck x

  5. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    So many lovely little stitches keeping your work as beautiful on the inside as on the outside! Nicely done.

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Lovely outfit, absolutley LOVE all that lining goodness peaking out <3

  7. Avatar Regina Finan on March 12, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    They are beautiful! Incredible work. 😀

  8. Avatar Donna G Earp on March 13, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Really great. I love watching the video of you interior details. Particularly the tarlatan.

  9. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 2:03 am

    So well done! Love the AD wrap cape for Red Riding Hood so much.

  10. Avatar Maia on March 17, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    This is all so pretty! And I love the mood of the photos, takes you right into the story!

  11. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 12:52 am

    This is amazing! You can’t be a beginning sewist! So beautiful! Thank you!

  12. Avatar Renee Starling on March 25, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Excellent use of photography to tell your story! I really love the sense of character, and how the red pops out against the snow. I can really see you as Red Riding Hood!

  13. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 26, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Great job, love that skirt!

  14. Avatar Kate on March 30, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Both turned out beautiful! Love the colour, really well done!

  15. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    This outfit is stunning! I absolutely love the lining fabric you chose for your cape

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