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 pattern I used for the skirt is a very easy butterick sewing pattern. Butterick B5330. You can find this pattern by clicking the link or use any other similar pattern if you like.
The sewing pattern in the photo below is not the pattern I used, but the sewing pattern below is easy to sew and would work just as well for a Frida Kahlo costume.
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 jewelry, she wore elaborate and simple jewelry. 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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