The secret of Magic from Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother



Myriam (Lady Moa Barington)


Outline the story …

Once upon a time in a not-so-far land, a fairy Godmother was surprised in her workroom.

She is the fairy who comes and help Cinderella in the tales collection "Contes de ma mère l'Oye, histoires ou contes des temps passés" by Charles Perrault.

Little is known about her, just that she is able to turn mice into horses, lizards into lackeys, and a pumpkin into a carriage.

So, I imagine the secret for her magic is sewing. She is a sewcialist !

She is able to bring the craziest dream outfits to life in no time.

But right now, she's busy preparing the miniature carriage that she'll hide under her bustle. All that remains is to enlarge it at the right time to succeed in giving the illusion of transforming a pumpkin into an impressive carriage.

And yes, sometimes great Magic needs a little help !

Outline the construction…

Sewing is the most beautiful of magic!
I like to go from an idea to a concrete project. The Fairy Godmother has been on my mind for years, so this competition was an opportunity to start bringing it to life.
I wanted to honour the calico and the denim canvas as symbols of the life cycle of a garment.
The calico is at the start of the process, used to materialize a designer's idea, it rarely shows up, its life stop when the retouching is validated.
Denim represents the end of the cycle, and finds a second life when it is upcycled like here.
The bodice is a denim on calico patchwork from a Truly Victorian pattern I modified.
I patterned last year the bustle under the skirt in calico and tulle pleated. This one is patterned from a petticoat in the book Fashion of Gilded Age.




  1. Avatar Marie on March 11, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    The colours are simple, yet beautiful!
    The train is stunning with all the details! Great costume!

    • Avatar Lady MOa Barington on March 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Hello Marie.
      Thank you for your comment and for noting the choice of a simple color range so as not to look away from the details 😉

  2. Avatar Sylvia on March 11, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Tu es majestueuse, magnifique et c’est si joliment raconté. Quelle présentation❤️👏🏽
    Bravo pour ton travail, tu mérites largement la lumière pour tes œuvres.

    • Avatar Lady MOa Barington on March 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Merci Sylvia, ton message me touche droit au cœur

  3. Avatar OhmyGuyane on March 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Your work is amazing! 😍 Looking at the pleats and other details actually make me believe there’s some magic involved in your sewing. And for me, this magic is called patience and passion.

    • Avatar Lady MOa Barington on March 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      OhmygGuyane, thank you for your loyalty. My magic is maintained with encouragement like yours

  4. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 9:10 am

    I adore your bottom edge of your bodice! I love this rendition- well done

  5. Avatar Lady MOa Barington on March 12, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you Kitty!

  6. Avatar Camille on March 14, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    i really love that bodice, super cool and inventive ! great work 🙂

  7. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 16, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    I love the idea – and the execution is fantastic !

  8. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Beautiful work, well done!

  9. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    The silhouette of this is amazing! And the fall of the skirt together with the pleats is so beautiful. Absolutely love the dips of the bodice as well.

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