I had a lot of fun designing the Red Riding Hood characters sewing patterns, but I struggled somewhat with the traditional gender roles, which is why I made the woodswoman female.
I find it really appalling that despite all the struggles for equality between the sexes, kids' books are so traditional in their gender roles. We have a lot of books about farms and machinery here and almost all the farmers and digger drivers/crane drivers/pilots/etc are men. We constantly switch genders in books while reading to my son to try and even things out but despite our efforts he has of course internalised some of the gender roles already. I was reading him a book the other day and when I reffered to a lorry driver as she he quickly corrected me - "No Mam, its the Lorry Driver." (Because of course, all lorry drivers are men. It is even more set in stone for the boatman, the fireman, the workman....ad infinitum.)
With most of the patterns I make, they are my own ideas and characters so I control what sex they are. I have purposely named lots of the animals female names. But with Red Riding Hood I was faced with trying to work out how people could tell the story in the traditional way, or how they could change it if they wanted to reflect their own values. So I gave people the option to make a woodswoman or woodsman. But you can play around much more than that.
In this video that is what I have done - played with the story. Grandma used to be Grandad, she has a beard and likes to wear dresses, and Red Riding Hood decides to utilise her own skills (and not wait to be rescued by a man) and borrows a chainsaw from the woodswoman. Its not for kids, and the end is a bit gruesome, but no wolves were harmed in the making of it.