Dia De Los Muertos Spooky Dress

Dia De Los Muertos Spooky Dress

This is my Dia De Los Muertos Dress! Sofia calls it her “Spooky Dress”. Dia De Los Muertos starts November 1st. The Day of the Dead is considered a Mexican holiday, but the roots are from the Aztec who lived as far as Central America. It’s celebrated from South America all the way to Mexico; and even made its way back to Spain. It is a tradition of honoring lost loved ones. But it’s not a mourning for their loss…it’s more like celebrating their lives! It’s a very joyous occasion.

Marigolds and sugar skulls symbolize the Day of the Dead; like jack-o-lanterns symbolize Halloween. Lots of people paint their faces like skeletons. Since the Dia De Muertos makeup scares Sofia, I decided to make her a little ensemble instead. Thus; her Spooky Dress was born!

All the fabric used is from the stash-I didn’t want another Halloween to go by without using that black skeleton fabric. But I only had a little, or I would’ve balanced the dress with a little black ruffle or something.

To make the pants above, I just added a ruffle to a pair of her leggings that had gotten too short. I think it may be easier to make these from scratch! I say that because trying to fit that tiny leg opening onto the arm of my sewing machine was a nightmare. Good thing I made them after everyone was asleep; because I was getting mad. It wasn’t a proud moment for me.

I wish I had a better photo of this fascinator. Sofie calls the skeleton “Skare-ten”. You can’t see it above, but Skare-ten has a bow tie like the skeletons on the black fabric. Check out How To Make A Halloween Fascinator if you’d like to make your own spooky hair accessory!

I made covered buttons with skeleton faces. What better occasion than Dia De Los Muertos?

This little purse above used the last skeleton scrap. Hello Spooky Purse! I’ll show you guys how to make these soon.

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Rebeccafaith

    How did I miss this post? This is so cute! I love the little ruffles you added on the bottom of the leggings because they were too short. It’s funny how sometimes the greatest details come out of just trying to “make it work.” Well done Amy!
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  2. Margie (AKA Nanny)

    Hi Amy! I’m visiting from Threading my Way and loved learning about ‘ Dia De Muertos’. Your outfit is simply amazing – such detail!! :)

  3. Gina

    Amy!! Where do I start??!! This entire outfit is so cute from her toes to her tote! :) This alone would be a perfect trick or treating outfit. Great job! I love that you used old leggings and just added a ruffle. I really need to do that with some of my girls old leggings, but maybe I should open them up? Would that be easier?
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  4. Tracey@we-made-that.com

    Love it, and love the hat with the skeleton! Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That Wednesday!

  5. ingrid@nowathomemom

    I have to say it again; she is the cutest little thing! :-) adorable and so pretty! Hope she will see all these pictures when she’s all grown up! :-)
    I love what you did with the skeleton fabric and that you added it to the short leggings; clever idea Amy! :-)
    & yep, I’m familiar with Dia de los Muertos, & when I’m at my parents listening to the ‘spanish’ TV news; it’s a big deal! :-)
    her little purse is so cute! I LOVE, LOVE purses and I love the picture of her holding it; too cute!
    Hope you are having a lovely evening Amy! :-)
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    • clairejustineoxox

      Aww I just have to feature your amazing post this week at Creative Mondays :)

      Thanks again for linking up…
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  6. Heathersmom

    Just too adorable, the “Spooky” ensemble and more so, your preciously pretty model! You did a wonderful job of using contrasting prints.

  7. Amy of while wearing heels

    You thought of every sweet detail and embellishment. It all looks so great together. I love her scary dress and purse BUT that fascinator steals the show. That is BRILLIANT.
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  8. Gina

    So cute Amy!! I love getting the chance to make covered buttons for an outfit!! The ruffles on the legs are perfect but I can imagine how difficult it was to manage them on the machine!! Sofie looks like she was having a lot of fun showing off her new outfit!!!
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  9. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Cute, cute, cute!!! This darling outfit is gonna put you on the favourite auntie train for a long time. So cute, and so creative on your part Amy! Sofia’s got it right…purse…check! Fascinator…check! Shoes…who cares!
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  10. Buttons

    That is freakin’ adorable! I love the skeleton fabric, and that you made matching buttons! I am so ready for The Boy to drag down our bin and start decorating for Spooky Day. It’s my most favorite time of the year!!
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