Cadaver Danielles {Edwardian Skirts}

You know these guys?

17970743374_30ecc10681_k
copyright harshlight

They’re the Dapper Dans – a barbershop quartet that performs in Disneyland – and for the Halloween season they transform into these guys:

10702996073_58c9d0cb2b_k
copyright maddyindisneyland

The Cadaver Dans! They’re awesome – one of our favorite acts!

dl-and-halloween-2016-1349

Which is why my sister and I dressed up as them for Halloween…well, the female version.

Getting ready.

Our skirts are made from Butterick 5970, hemmed to keep the train off the ground since Disneyland doesn’t allow costumes that drag. I plan on letting down the hem someday.

Most of our outfits were sewn at the eleventh hour – literally the day before we left – so we’re wearing everyday dress shirts over corsets. It worked! Haha.

Somehow we managed to cram all of our clothes into my carry-on, which was a miracle in and of itself. I’m wearing my S-curve corset, bustle pad, a petticoat, shirt, and skirt.

DL and Halloween 2016 1353.jpg

My sister is wearing basically the same thing, just an earlier corset style and she skipped bustle the pad.

dl-and-halloween-2016-1357

I had searched long and hard for the prefect black fabric for our skirts and ended up buying some black peach fuzz at Walmart that looks really great in motion. The rippling and swishing is exactly what I envisioned!

dl-and-halloween-2016-1560

We had hoped to get a picture with the Cadaver Dans at the party, but they apparently weren’t walking around.

dl-and-halloween-2016-1578

So we watched their show on the river instead.

dl-and-halloween-2016-1591

Twice.

We also did other things like ride rides (not the easiest thing in a corset), watch the parade, and try some snacks. Funny story: lots of people mistook us for employees and we were asked questions like where the bathrooms were and when the parade was. Even funnier, we knew all the answers!

By the end of the night we had had a great time and were thoroughly exhausted.

Fabric: Black peach fuzz
Pattern: Butterick 5970
Year: 1905
How historically accurate is it? Probably not the most accurate, technically, but it looks convincing!
Hours to complete: I did both in the same day.
First worn: Halloween 2016
Total cost: About $20 each

Grim Grinning Ghosts & A Kiss from Captain Hook

As if there wasn’t enough going on during October (Halloween, sewing projects, moving…) I also spent a few days in Disneyland with my family.

It was great fun!

I have some more detailed posts coming up, detailing what I sewed in preparation for the trip, but for now here’s a small outline of some of the fun things I did:

20161024_181537.jpg

Crammed more than I thought I could into a single carry-on.

20161025_035340

Set the record on the game in Sea-Tac Airport.

20161025_050947

Ate the best bagel of my life from the Great American Bagel Bakery!

20161025_040552

Wore a top hat through the airport because there was no way I was fitting it in my suitcase.

20161025_104816

Wore lots of mouse ears and took tons of selfies.

20161027_102250

Went on Tower of Terror for the last time before it’s gutted.

img_20161028_101538

We were very sad.

20161028_221109

Saw “World of Color” for the first time.

20161028_120105

Went on “Midway Mania” a couple of times.

20161028_120820

…lost on “Midway Mania” to my brother.

20161028_210233

…more than once.

img_1961

Spent a day in 1955.

20161026_174646

And an evening in 1900.

It was a really fun time! Bonus points if you can guess who I’m dressed as in the last picture before I post about it.

P.S. I really did get a kiss on the hand from Captain Hook during the parade!!