The Voiceless Maid



Mona Skov Jensen

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Outline the story …

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen.

In the Ocean deep and blue.

The Sea King has 6 daughters. When each of the girls reach age 15 they may swim to the surface and see the world up there. The youngest mermaid - skin as bright as a rose; eyes a deep blue - has still to wait 5 years before she can see the world above.

Outside the kings marvelous castle each princess has a small garden that they tend to in different ways. The youngest has a statue of a young boy amongst red flowers.

Finally she reaches 15 and as the sun sets the world unfolds itself to her. A celebration on a ship gets her attention. A handsome prince turns 16 and the mermaid falls in love. As storm approaches and wretches the ship. She saves the prince from drowning.

The little mermaid goes to the Sea Witch and in exchange for her voice she gets a potion to drink. She drinks it by the grounds of the castle belonging to the prince, and it slashes her tail in two. The prince finds her. She cannot talk but dances most wonderfully.

The prince is to marry a princess that he has never seen, though once he sees her, he thinks the princess once saved his life. After the wedding, the mermaid dives into the water turning to foam but The Daughters of Air has come and with them she will have an immortal soul.

Outline the construction…

Everything I used - except the reed and the pattern - I had in my stash. The reed I was able to buy in Denmark - to my surprise - and the pattern I bought from Reconstructing History. I have only once before used a pattern and that was from Simplicity (it did not go well.) The materials were some unknown damask/jacquard fabric bought in the second hand store, cotton canvas, cotton deluxe, some trim, thread.

I sewed the boning channels on my sewing machine, the binding, trim, eyelets sewn by hand. Mostly whipstitches and felling stitches. Eyelets I used 4 strand thread. There was no boning channels marked on the pattern so I found a YouTube video from the American Duchess very helpful. I have learn the hard way to never use ROUND reed. I should just have used cable ties/zip ties.




  1. Avatar Charline on March 11, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    It’s very beautiful and the details are exquisite. <3
    Congrats !

    • Avatar Mona on March 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you so much!

    • Avatar Gillian Harvey on March 13, 2021 at 5:56 am

      Beautifully made. The colours and fabric choices are so lovely and really capture the subject. Well done

  2. Avatar Theodore Allegrini on March 11, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    These look beautiful! and so intense, Love!

  3. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Such a beautiful colour, and the trim looks so perfect with it. Gorgeous! Good luck x

    • Avatar Mona on March 12, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much!
      I guess I’m lucky my stach held such nice trims 😉

  4. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 12, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    The fabric seems to shimmer as it “waves” over the boning, reminding me of the sea. Well chosen to complement your theme!

    • Avatar Mona on March 12, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you so much!
      I had not thought of that at all…. But you are right it does look like that. Thank you for pointing that out to me, <3

  5. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 12, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    The boning channels! I am so impressed.

    • Avatar Mona on March 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      ahhh thank you so much!
      It’s the first time ever I’ve done boning channels. <3

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Lovely story and a very challenging project! VEry impressive. Well done!

  7. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 13, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Stays are always a big deal, and yours look lovely! Great job!!

  8. Avatar Judith Collins on March 13, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Just. Wow! You did a beautiful job.

  9. Avatar Becky C on March 14, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Stunning!!! Absolutely stunning!! Incredibly detailed and I adore the fabric you chose. Wonderful job!

    • Avatar Mona on March 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you so very much!

  10. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 15, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Mona- This is beautiful! I’m so happy to see others interpreting The little mermaid- It’s just so exiting to see how different people latch on to different parts of the tale.
    Yours is STUNNING! And I can relate to how difficult it can be getting a hols of materials in Denmark XD

    • Avatar Mona on March 16, 2021 at 12:59 pm

      Kitty – Thank you so much!
      I love that so many others chose The little mermaid. I adore that story endlessly!
      We need more shops in DK that has materials for historybounding, Historical inspired etc. for sure!

  11. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Oh, wow! This is one of the prettiest sets of stays I’ve ever seen, and in honor of my all-time favorite fairy tell too! I love the choice to bone them with reed – something about the resulting texture just seems so much more mermaid-like, as well as reeds being a thing that grows in water.

    • Avatar Mona on March 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you so much!
      I had quite a struggle with the reed as it was 4mm in diameter but it does give a nice texture to this garment.

  12. Avatar KC (Keowyndrial) on March 19, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Beautifully done! These stays are stunning – you did an amazing job with the precision of the boning and details. I love how the fabric is so ocean-y, too, and the trim like wavetops.

  13. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Those stays are beautiful. I love the entire ensemble! Thank you!

  14. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 23, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    These are stunning! Beautifully finished, the binding and boning channels are so neat, and I adore the choice of shimmering blue fabric, combined with the trim it makes me think of frothing ocean waves, just perfect!

  15. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    The fabric and trim on your stays are perfect. Amazing detail, and it definitely fits your character 🙂

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