DIY Rosie the Riveter

Hey y'all, If you've been following me at all you know I have an issue with ridiculously sexy Halloween costumes. Therefore, this year my costume is of the "girl power" variety and has pants and everything!

Here's how to pull off my super easy version of "Rosie the Riveter" from the famous World War II poster:

For the outfit, all you need is a pair of jeans, a chambray or jean shirt (or if you are really industrious, find a blue worker's jumpsuit) and some brown boots (I had both work boots and high-heel ankle boots to choose from). You're gonna roll up your sleeves (to show your muscles) and roll up your pant legs to the top of your boots.

Here's a full length shot of Rosie if it helps:

You will also need a red bandanna to tie around your melon. Rosie's is red with white polka dots. I ordered the exact one online because I wanted to put a little bit of effort into this thing, but you could totally use a regular red bandanna too.

I wanted to make it a little more obvious who I was so I made a "You Can Do It!" sign to carry around with me for photos. I went to Staples and picked up yellow foam core and navy blue card stock and to Home Depot to get a paint stirrer stick.

So basically I cut the foam core in half with an Exacto knife, then taped two pieces of navy card stock together to fit the length of the poster. Then I cut the card stock into the shape of a word bubble where the words "We Can Do It!" would go.  Glue that right onto your sign. Then you need to do your letters. I suppose you could buy them (or get stencils), but I just did it on the computer. I inserted a text box in a Word doc and made the fill a dark blue color. Add the lettering "We Can Do It!" in white font, print, cut the letters out and glue them onto your sign. The final touch: glue and/or tape the paint stirrer to the back of the sign so you can hold it up when you're getting your pic taken.

And don't forget the little things: I found an old "Bryan Adams" button in a box of junk (I didn't want to deface any of my Michael Jackson buttons) so I could make the button Rosie wears on her shirt collar (it says "Westinghouse Electric Service 1942"). I found a photo online of the button, saved it to my computer so I could size it, printed it out and glued it to the front of the button.


Go get 'em girls!