Wednesday, October 5

Signs you have a translation problem

I was just browsing through the Lekala offerings.  Many that I like I have or they look too complicated to tackle with Russian instructions.  I was looking at this dress, 5854.
The "photograph" picture of it isn't all that thrilling, the necklace makes it look like there are buttons.  Lekala has a photo contest of sorts so a lot of patterns have a link for finished garments.  I liked the way this looked finished so I thought I'd download it.

First I save the pictures, then I save the pattern, then the instructions.  They open in Russian and Google offers to translate it.  They title each outfit and this one is called...



I wish I was kidding...



Snicker...

5854 Knitted dress with a smell

(Makes you wonder where they shop for fabric, eh?)

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELECTION OF FABRICS: jersey medium or low degree of elasticity of natural or mixed fibers .

AND YOU NEED: rubber band


Make sure you don't forget that rubber band.  At least the fabric recommendation makes sense. 

4 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure rubber band would actually translate to elastic, but dress with a smell? Is it possible they mean shell? Or are they telling you that you need petroleum-based fabric to make it -- ok, I'm reaching here but come on.....

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  2. lol... yeah, most of the translations are like elastic band, after you read it a few times, you get what they were going for. I have no way to explain a dress with a smell. It must be that the Russian word for smell has multiple meanings, like... wake. You can wake up or go to a wake or the wake behind a boat... they just picked the wrong "smell".

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  3. May I ask what the word is? I can try to tap into my past as a speaker of Russian. Never heard of this company, but the dress is gorgeous. Stop distracting me & my lengthy to-sew list :)

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  4. That would be awesome if you could shed a little light on how they end up with a "dress with a smell".
    5854 ТРИКОТАЖНОЕ ПЛАТЬЕ С ЗАПАХОМ
    The way it is set up it is hard to link direct to a pattern, 5854 is about half way down the page http://leko-mail.net/mod-e.php?t=0&a=1&n=6
    Is Lekala lovely? I was a bit overwhelmed the first time I found them. It looks like they put up a couple more new ones since last week.

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