Dia de los Muertos translated to English means “Day of the Dead.” Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday to remember and honor loved ones who have died. Prior to the sixteen century, Dia de los Muertos was celebrated in the summer. Following Spanish colonization, the holiday was moved to October 31 – November 2 to coincide with Roman Catholic triduum festival of Allhallowtide. For this reason, Dia de los Muertos is often confused with Halloween. The cultural and religious holiday is NOT modern day Halloween! Halloween, as viewed today, regards dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and practical jokes/pranks.
Traditional observances for Dia de los Muertos include honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, representations of Catrina, building ofrendas, and visiting graves.
It is important to remember that celebrating a culture for its differences is one thing; however, cultural appropriation is completely different. We must be mindful of the difference. I hope my blog post does just that.
I was drawn to the sugar skull fabric as a way to honor the cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos. The sugar skulls are used to represent the departed soul, their name is written on the head, and placed on the ofrenda or gravestone.
When traveling, the Aeroplane bag is perfect for a quick overnight get-away. The sugar skulls on the exterior, in my mind, helps to keep your loved ones close to you. Each sugar skull could represent each person who has departed. This may seem odd to some; however, honoring/remembering loved ones shouldn’t occur just during a holiday. I reflect on my Great-Grandmother, Granny Hattie, on often.
Thank you to Melissa from Rebel & Malice for hosting the blog tour. This is the first sewing post that has educated me on being more culturally aware of Dia de los Muertos. Debunking the myth of Dia de los Muertos within my own thoughts has been eye opening. I encourage you to do more research also.
Pattern Description: Aeroplane Bag
Designer: Sew Sweetness
Pattern Level: Intermediate
Fabric Used: Quilting cotton
Pattern Sizing: Two sizes are available. Regular and Long. Regular measures 15.5″ long x 17.5″ tall x 6.5″ deep and Long measures 18.5″ long x 14.5″ tall x 8.5″ deep.
Size & Options Sewn: I sewed the Regular size.
Did it look like the cover photo? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? The directions are topnotch! I really like the detailed instructions. The pictorial helps to bring the steps that are a little hard to grasp at first together.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I believe Sew Sweetness has the best written instructions. The main aspect of Sew Sweetness patterns that I dislike is cutting rectangles instead of including pattern pieces. I know that some are completely already with using a cutting chart; however, I would like to have the option of both when purchasing the pattern.
Similar Patterns: None
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Yes.