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This is my favorite costume. I wear this as street clothing a lot. Rosie the Riveter was the model of the American woman who went to work in factories during World War II

This picture was taken at the Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Willow Run was an aircraft factory that my grandfather Eastty worked at during World War II. It has now been converted back to an automobile factory. There was a propagana film made about "Rosies," and the woman that that starred in the film as Rosie worked in this plant.

I'm sitting in front of the Yankee Warrior, a B-25D Mitchell. For more information about Willow Run, go to The Detroit News Archives: Willow Run.

This is a picture of me at the Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run, August, 2000.This is a picture of a worker, Ford Willow Run plant, March, 1943.
Li'l Rosie This was one of the neatest gifts I've ever received.

My mother-in-law, Nennette, bought a doll that looked like it was from the early 40's. Then she made it into a Rosie doll for me!

She made the leather boots, the lunch box, and even the little leather goggles. My brother-in-law, Darrell, made the rivet gun.

Isn't my family cool?


Making the costume

I made the overalls and the shirt from Folkwear pattern number 240 . For a costume, this pattern is REALLY easy to make. I definitely recommend Folkwear patterns.

I learned from various sources what the various pins a Rosie might wear were. A Victory pin is a red V within an enameled pin or standing alone out of plastic. Shawn made the Victory pin, the We Can Do It pin, and the aircraft factory badge. The aircraft factory badge is from a plant that really operated in our town during the war. I have an authentic "Sweetheart" pin indicating that my man is in the Navy. I also have a pin of a Mitchell airplane much like the lapel pin below. When I'm really getting Rosied up, I wear welding goggles, and sometimes I carry a toolkit.

The first time I wore this was for LosCon 24's USO Crosstime Revue put on by the Enigma Players. I won a hall costume award for it, which was fun.

Other Images

All pictures by Shawn Crosby. The photos of Life Magazine and Willow Run Riveter were pictures of these items from the Willow Run Museum. The drawing is by Shawn Crosby. Costume made and worn by Colleen Crosby.