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« on: October 28, 2007 09:37:04 PM »

My boyfriend and I were invited to the (we think) biggest private party in Detroit. (Attendance last year was something like 1200 people) The theme this year was Dia de los Muertos so we decided to stick with that. This is what we came up with.

My half-winged half-traditional Mexican dress was started on Friday. The party of course, was Saturday. I sewed it up from scratch (look ma, no pattern) and trimmed it with a bit of rickrack. I then painted fairly simple sugar skulls on (because embroidery was NOT happening, since I got really REALLY sick the day before.) It was ridiculously comfortable to wear and I honestly might bust it out to wear for the hell of it this summer. Its just black cotton broadcloth. I also bought pre-fringed fabric and made a really lazy rebozo with it.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, slept til noon the day of the party, ran out to the vintage shop, and managed to find an amazing ruffled shirt, and the even more amazing western jacket. He also picked up a sombrero (which we hot glued gunned 'dangle balls' onto...together...aren't we precious?) and a belt buckle. My dad's collection of horrifying artifacts from the 80's brought out the ever-awe inspiring bolo tie.

Then we painted faces! Boyfriend got angry halfway through his makeup. I fixed it for him. Andddd thats why I'm the makeup artist, not him. haha. We ended up using plain white grease makeup (and my face is telling me that the packaging did not lie today) and translucent powder for the base, eyeliner, and Kryolan eyeshadows for the very vibrant color.

And now to what everyone really wants to see, the photos:

Oh hey did I mention we are METULZ?

The marigolds were an afterthought (I think they're actually mums, but its alright).

We were a hit at the party. We got our photos taken quite a bit. The party, as expected, was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately as we were both incredibly ill (and I had been up since 7 am that morning) we left about an hour and a half in. We scared the crap out of people during the drive home.

Good times!

Now I'm excited for next year!

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007 10:16:49 PM »

Those are some bloody fantastic costumes!  A really great interpretation of sugar skulls with totally appropriate costumes and accessories to go with.  I'd have loved to have pulled up next to you guys at a stop light!  Hoo boy! 

I hope you're feeling better!

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2007 10:51:34 PM »

Thanks so much, Mistress T!

And we're still hacking up a storm over here, but that did not stop our non-stop shopping extravaganza today. Needless to say I am tucked in with my laptop and some soup right now.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2007 12:40:41 AM »

Thanks, pepperhem!

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2007 03:24:08 AM »

The boyfriend really scored some sweet thrift store finds, my goodness.  I never have luck like that. 
You guys look fantastic! I love it, and at least the make up helped to hide your sicklyness. Feel better.

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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2007 03:24:47 AM »

What great costumes!  I love all things to do with el Dia de los Muertos.  You two look fantastic. I especially love your makeup.  Beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2007 03:26:00 AM »

love these costumes! The sugar skulls on your dress are... adorable (can that make sense? Tongue) are they embroidered?
My bf is exactly the same! i can be slaving away over a costume and still be doing it an hr before a party and he just pops out to a charity shop and gets exactly what he needs!
Argh boys!

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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2007 05:35:06 AM »

You two are the most frightening pair of ghouls I have ever seen.  YOU BOTH LOOK COOL!  What great costumes and make up.  Excellent.  I actually have some of the fabric of the title by Alexander Henry so love love love this look.

Great job - and well done the pair of you  Grin.

By the way - b/f finishes it off really well with the gee-tar!

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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2007 11:39:03 AM »

I almost gave him his birthday present early to REALLY finish off the look:

Thanks so much, you guys!

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