Halloween 2011: The Black Dahlia

Sweater: H&M, many years ago
Top: ?
Skirt: Burda 8155, homemade
Shoes: thrifted


Esteemed Sewing Assistant also dressed up this year, as Count Beanicus.

I ran out of time sewing my Halloween costume this year so I decided to go as the Black Dahlia. “The Black Dahlia” was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short, a woman who was found mutilated and gruesomely murdered in the mid 1940s. Her face was slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears, called the Glasgow smile.

I’ve always been a purist in Halloween, thinking that dressing up should be saved for ghouls, goblins, monsters and anything generally scary. I broke that rule the past year or so dressing as a princess and a mermaid (what was I thinking?), but my commitment to Halloween gore is back full-swing.

I might recycle this costume this year (with an actual attempt to sew a 1940s dress), since it looks gory enough to revisit in future years.

4 thoughts on “Halloween 2011: The Black Dahlia

  1. As soon as I saw the pic, I thought- oh that “The Black Dahlia!” Such a gruesome murder, but I really admire your originality. Kind of disturbing. Definitely scary as opposed to “spooky” or “slutty.”

  2. Thank you! Lots of people did a double take at me today.

    No, I don’t do slutty Halloween costumes. If I wanted to I could dress like a hooker everyday of the year. :)

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