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Rosie the Riveter Costume

Rosie / Crystal the Riveter

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Photo #1 - Rosie / Crystal the Riveter Photo #2 - Compared to the real thing; not too shabby, eh?
Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Crystal, the 'Rosie the Riveter' costume creator:

To create the costume, I wore an old pair of jeans, motorcycle boots and a headband that I had lying around. I bought the button up shirt off a clearance rack. To make the pin on the collar of the shirt, I printed off a blown up picture of the Rosie the Riveter poster and cut out the pin design. I then attached this to an old circular broach I had. The poster board is what took the most work. I got a regular white foam board and glued a yellow poster board to it, trimming off the excess. I then used an exacto knife to make the dark blue word bubble. I eyeballed the font for the letters to try and match the original Rosie the Riveter poster and glued this onto the poster. Lastly, I took some black ribbon to make a backpack-like effect with the poster board. I imitated the Rosie the Riveter pose when figuring out where to place the board. I then poked holes in the poster board and measured the length of the black ribbon accordingly, fed the ribbon through the holes and tied knots in the ribbon on the backside of the board to keep it in place. I also had to loosely tie another piece of ribbon to the two ribbon straps to keep them in place better. When re-creating the hairstyle, I took two pieces of hair towards the back of my head, curled them forward, looped them around and pinned them and sprayed them with lots of hairspray to keep in place. I also tried to mirror Rosie’s make-up as much as possible when doing my own make-up. The cost of the costume totaled under $20.

I randomly came up with this idea last year. I wanted to try and come up with something that was more creative and a move away from the typical, sexy costumes that are so prevalent around Halloween. This turned into a fun project where I also learned more about the story behind the symbolism of Rosie and the women that she represents.

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#1 comment by Megan August 10, 2012

Decided to do Rosie a couple months ago and I am SO excited. Great idea, cheap, easy, and very recognizable. Was wondering how to include the poster behind me, wearing it with straps is a fantastic idea. Thanks and nice job, one of the better ones I've seen.

#2 comment by Arnold January 15, 2013

WOW! I am really impressed with the results of your work! You look so much like the original Rosie. You've even got the strong arms! Gorgeous costume for a gorgeous woman! :)

#3 comment by Madeleine November 15, 2014

Awesome costume! Can you email me the instructions?

#4 comment by Crystal November 15, 2014

Hi Madeleine,
I included a detailed write-up under the pictures of the process I went through to create the costume if you want to read through it there. If you have other questions that aren't answered there, I'd be happy to answer them!

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