Pingtung City’s Chienkuo Elementary School threw a costume party at Christmas last year, and Ku Yu-kai, a kindergarten student, drew everybody’s attention by transforming himself into Optimus Prime, a Transformers character. His smart suit was tailor-made by his father, Ku Hsin-wei, who spent three months on the production with ivory board, cardboard and foam. It cost him less than NT$1,000 to get it done.
Ku Hsin-wei says both he and his son loved the Transformers, but since the elegant party costumes on the market were pricey and none of the transformer suits fit his son, he decided to make one himself. After the decision was made, he started to search for relevant information on the Internet.
“We had to put up with the mess in the house,” said Ku Hsin-wei, smilingly. The production process required constant modification; as a result, scraps of paper were constantly flying around in the house. Having his family endure the messy living environment was the most challenging part of making the Optimus Prime outfit.
Photo: Chiu Chih-jou, Taipei Times
Ku Hsin-wei is a professional soldier. He made use of his skills when he was off-duty or on holiday. His work not only attracted everyone’s attention in the party, it also made several other parents want to learn the craft from him. He said that although a ready-made suit might be handy, a hands-on production experience can not only improve parent-child relationships, it can also help children understand that if you have the will, you can make your dreams come true.
(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
Photo courtesy of Ku Hsin-wei
1. tailor-made adj.
量身打造（liang2 shen1 da3 zao4)
例:This pair of pants are tailor-made for your needs.
2. modification n.
例:A slight modification to the training plan has been made.
3. challenging adj.
例:Fasting for a week was the most challenging thing I did last year.
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