24. februar 2015 by Kara
Det er karneval i barnehagen hver februar og rundt midten av januar pleier jeg å spørre barna hva de hadde lyst til å kle seg ut som. I fjor ville sønnen min være drage. En ettermiddag satte mellomste, 4,5 år gammel, seg ned og tegnet denne tegningen og sa hun skulle være alv.
Every year in February there is a carnival in daycare, so by mid January I usually start asking the kids what they want to be. Last year my son wanted to be a dragon. One afternoon my daughter (4,5) presented me with this drawing and said she planed to be a fairy.
Deretter gikk hun ned på syrommet og fant frem alle de fineste stoffene (dette er etter at jeg hadde sortert bort de mest uegnede stoffene).
She then went into my sewing supplies and took out an assortment of fabrics she wanted to use. This picture is taken after I removed the most unsuitable options.
Og når hun viser såpass med initiativ må man jo bare følge etter. Jeg tok mål og tegnet et mønster til henne.
When she shows so much initiative one just has to follow, so I measured her and made a pattern.
Deretter klippet hun ut delene til en prøvekjole…
She then cut out the pieces for a mock-up…
…og nålte det sammen.
…and pinned it together.
Med prøvekjolen klar var hun klar for å klippe i det ordentlige stoffet. Vi ble enige om at jeg skulle sy overdelen og hun skjørtet. Hun klippet ut alle delene og nålte sammen helt selv. Til tider satt hun igjen på syrommet og jobbet mens jeg så til andre oppgaver.
Once the mock-up was done we were ready to tackle the real thing. We decided that she would sew the skirt, and I would make the bodice. She cut out all the pieces and pinned them her self, at times working on her own while I saw to other chores.
Hun rekker ikke ned til pedalen enda, så jeg kjørte symaskinen, mens hun styrte stoffet.
She can’t reach the pedal of the sewing machine, so I ran that, while she controlled the fabric.
Deretter fant hun frem alle de fineste knappene fra skuffen.
She then got out all the prettiest buttons from the drawer.
Jeg er veldig glad i symmetri, mens hun har en filosofi om jo mer jo bedre. Etter en liten diskusjon ble vi enige om hvilke knapper vi skulle bruke, og hun insisterte på å sy de på selv.
I rather like symmetry, while her philosophy is the more the better. After a short discussion we agreed on what buttons to use, but she insisted on sewing them on herself.
Endelig kom den store dagen, men blomsterkrans, vinger fra IKEA, og ikke minst egensydd kjole.
Here she is on the big day, in a dress of her own making, wings from IKEA and flowers in her hair.
Hun maser allerede om hva vi skal sy neste gang, og jeg gleder meg til å se hva det blir.
She is already taking about what our next project should be, and I must admit I am looking forward to it.
5 thoughts on “En liten alv”
She is so cute! I loved that she couldn’t reach the peddle! I wish I had your talents at sewing! Well done!
Thank you. I really had to learn to let go of my perfectionism for this project. A 4-year old wants to see results, not spend weeks sourcing the perfect trimming.
God Dag. That dress is brilliant. I bet she’s really proud of it. Brå Jente (I think that’s something like brillaint girl, but my Norwiegen is only really fit for ordering coffee, so apologies if it isn’t)
God dag, og takk 🙂 She is really proud of the dress and puts it on almost every day as soon as gets home. PS: Bra jente means Good girl. Brå jente means abrupt girl. But it’s fun to see people trying.
She should be proud of the dress, sewing before she can reach the pedal, very precocious.
I thought bra first, then I thought I was getting mixed up with my rusty German (where bra is arm) so I decided I must have meant brå, because clearly that looks more authentically Norwiegen with the exotic Scandanavian vowel.
If we ever get our act togehter we might be going to Norway on holiday this summer, in which case I will have to practise my coffee ordering phrases 😉