Clowns and Angels

Yesterday, we all went to Fastelavn – you know, the thing I told you about the other day. And Ronja was indeed an angel – here she is on the wings.

On the wings 

On the wings  

Saturday I had been making an outfit for Frida as well – a clown costume to be exact. I based the costume on the Onion pattern 10009 that includes a pair of basic loose pants, and a blouse that buttons on one shoulder. I modified them a bit – the pants are meant for rib at the lining and at the ancles, but I decided that elastics in dotted casings would work better for my tiny clown. The blouse pattern is meant for a knit, and has a rib at the neckline – I switched it and went with wovens and a clown collar at the neckline. I covered the collar edge with bias tape, made from the same fabric as the collar. Then I embellished it with a tiny pocket and two flower-buttons.

A colourful clown 

I threw all kinds of colourful fabric in the pool; Michael Miller, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, and a bunch of other stuff – and above you can see how it all turned out. Below, you can see the caring big sister holding hands with the little clown, while they’re having their picture taken together with Ronja’s friends Emma and Ida.


The Fastelavn-party took place in a gym, and all the kids lined up in different lines according to their age, to beat the cat out of the barrel (this very traditional event at Fastelavn has got to make no sense to many of you – read more about it here – about halfway down). Ronja had fun with her friends, and although I think the experience was a little overwhelming to Frida, she found it exciting as well.

Afterwards, Frida and I went to meet with my mothers group. It has been quite a while since the last time, because we’re all working now – but we had such a nice time, and the kids are just growing up so quickly. It was great to see them all again, and to watch the children play! Frida was exceptionally tired when we went home, so she had herself a good long afternoon nap.


  1. loretta gjeltema says:

    Astrid, such beautiful little princesses no matter how they are dressed. You did a beautiful job with the costumes. It was brilliant leaving the extra maraboo feather dangling from Ronja’s costume….just another set of wings when she twirlled…..

  2. Rena says:

    Fabulous costumes!!! Interesting to read about the celebration. I guess it sounds no stranger than a fat man in a red suit creeping down the chimney or a bunny that delivers baskets of candy!!!

  3. Ria says:

    Hi Astrid,
    What a wonderfull pictures. And the little red nose from Frida, how adorable.
    You must be so proud of your girls.

  4. Astrid says:

    loretta – Thank you! The idea of leaving them dangling actually came to me when I was attaching them – I though it looked so angelic! 😉

    Rena – You’ve got a point! Thanks! 🙂

    Natalie – Thank you so much! 😉

    Ria – you got me there! I am proud of my girls, but I think that the same goes for almost any parent when it comes to their children! Thanks! 🙂

    Teri – thank you!

    Lisa – thank you! I used to love it – now that I’m grown up and all there are just not that many occasions for dressing up. I love to go with the children, though! 🙂

    Amy – I actually forgot to mention that when speaking of my sewing history. My mom used to sew a lot, and she made amazing costumes! I didn’t sew back then, but just watching is sure to have taught me a lot! And thank you! 🙂

    Rhoda – thank you so much! 🙂

  5. Mor(mor) says:

    Jeg kan næsten mærke, hvor du har hygget dig med at sy dragterne – og så har du puttet nogle meget dejlige unger i dem. 😀

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