A few years ago I bought some Day of the Dead themed fabric, and have been planning to make something out of it ever since. This year I finally got around to it. I didn't have anything to do for Halloween that warranted a full-on costume, so I wore this instead. If something that required a costume had come up last minute I would have
just painted my face like a skeleton and gone as one of the skeletons on my dress, but that didn't happen.
It's a duro dress, which is a design that I think lends itself to themes. I don't normally like to sew theme dresses, because then I feel limited in how often I can wear them and my thrifty nature requires me to only make things that have multiple uses, or at least things that I can convince myself will have multiple uses even if that is just denial on my part. but this? I can wear it every year!
So I wore it to work Friday, and got many compliments, particularly from strangers on the Muni train in the Castro. I would have worn it Saturday too at the Dia de los Muertos
procession, but it was raining cats and dogs so I didn't go. Then I wore it again today under my choir robe at All Souls' Day mass where we sang the Mozart Requiem.
I also included a picture of my skull necklace,
which I bought in San Antonio over 10 years ago at an artsy shop in the King William District which specialized in such things, shortly after I first developed this ongoing fascination with Day of the Dead. I used to wear it quite a lot, though nowadays I'm only goth on Halloween itself so after today I'll hang it back up on the vanity where it's been for all 4 and a half years we've lived here.