This is my Halloween costume for 2011: Rosie the Riveter from the iconic WWII poster. It really was a “‘We Can Do It!” costume for me: A creative friend was generous enough to put me into a poster of my own (yep, that’s me ON the poster). My boss took the great picture above at work. We had a fundraiser at work raising funds while having fun and this proved to be quite a fun costume. Rosie is very well known. I had folks calling “Rosie!” to me all day.
I love Halloween and enjoy coming up with costume ideas. I like to really get into the details. For Rosie I borrowed an Old Navy blue cotton shirt from my dad, similar to the one in the link. My mom hemmed a piece of red polka-dot fabric for my head scarf.
A co-worker stitched a name badge for me and the friend that put together the fantastic poster also created my ID pin. Rem took the photos used both in the ID pin and in the poster. I added another pin with “Local 196” which is the union I’m in. I was inspired by information, stories and photos I found at the Rosie the Riveter Trust website. Rem and I have also visited the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, CA, which is worth a stop if you are in the area. The website is great too.
Thank you to all of you who contributed in some way to my creation and experience of Rosie for Halloween. We did it!