DIY Dia de los Muertos Outfit
Once again, I’ve finished a project I’ve had on my to-do since OCTOBER. Yes, the best laid plans often get pushed to the side in ‘real life’. 😉
I am a member of many Silhouette Cameo Facebook groups, and last October one of the members posted a picture of a beautiful Dia de los Muertos costume she had made for her daughter. I enjoy teaching my kiddos about the holiday and thought it would be a lot of fun to re-create the costume in a way I could wear it to school.
I started with a pair of black running tights and a long black tunic. I originally grabbed a maternity tunic, but then found this tunic that could almost double as a dress. I decided it was a bit more flattering, seeing as I am NOT pregnant. 😉
I then had a friend help put on pieces of masking tape to measure out how long I should make the bones on my arms and legs. I didn’t want the bones too long or short. I also wanted them centered when I pressed the vinyl on the shirt and I knew it would be hard to tell once I wasn’t wearing the top. When doing this, I suggest using safety pins to attach the masking tape. Mine was peeling off before I even took the top off, and I lost a few pieces once the shirt and pants were actually off my body.
Once the tape was measure out, I opened up my cut file. You can get your own copy of this cut file right here! It includes all the arm and leg bones, the ribs, the roses and the flourishes. I measured how long the masking tape was in each area and adjusted the length of the bones in the cut file.
I cut out all the pieces on different colored vinyl, getting them ready to layer and press. I used a blade depth of 2 and a cut thickness of 12-14 (I think my blade is a bit dull, because I kept having to go thicker).
I then laid my pieces on the top and pants and began pressing! Once cut, this is super simple. Just make sure you punch ALL the lace holes out. I forgot to punch out two of the lace holes and now they are filled white! Boo-hoo. I’m going to have to re-cut the hole centers out of black and press them on so they look empty. 😉
Once pressed, you’ll have a beautiful lace-like Dia de los Muertos outfit to wear when you teach about the holidays! This outfit was inspired by the work of the great Paula L-H, but the design is 100% created by me.
Want to create your own? Grab it here and then post a picture (either in the comments, or by tagging me @sproutclassrooms)!
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