My daughter was going to a Halloween party. She asked me to sew a Frida Kahlo costume for her, last minute. Thankfully this is an easy sewing project. Here is how I put it together.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Frida Kahlo, she was famous Mexican painter. In my opinion she was an amazing woman, she was a strong yet somewhat child like individual. She had a difficult but interesting life. I have been intrigued with her mysterious persona for many years, so when I was asked to make a costume in her likeness, I was happy to accept.
She drew her style from traditional Mexican clothing, as way of celebrating her culture and not conforming to Western" modern clothing styles.
You can make a this costume quite easily with any long skirt sewing pattern that reflects a peasant style and fabric from the clearance section of your fabric store. I used two patterns to make this costume. Again any style of long skirt and peasant style top will do.
The fabric for the top was a white cotton eyelet and the skirt was made with black linen. Both fabrics were bought from the clearance section of the fabric store for about $15.00. The top has a bit of black ribbon and the skirt was finished with a colorful ruffle at the bottom. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show this.
The headband is made from silk flowers and ribbon. You can purchase one or make your own with flowers a glue gun and a purchased headband.
For jewellery, she wore elabrate and simple jewellery. Rings, necklaces and bracelets, are commonly seen in photos of her. See images below.
I have heard it said that using the likeness of this amazing women for a costume, is some how disrespectful, I differ with this opinion, as I think it celebrates her, no different than anyone would dress as their favoured rock star or historical figure.
I hope this inspires you to make this costume. This would also work for a day of the dead theme too.
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