You know these guys?
They’re the Dapper Dans – a barbershop quartet that performs in Disneyland – and for the Halloween season they transform into these guys:
The Cadaver Dans! They’re awesome – one of our favorite acts!
Which is why my sister and I dressed up as them for Halloween…well, the female version.
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.
My sister is wearing basically the same thing, just an earlier corset style and she skipped bustle the pad.
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!
We had hoped to get a picture with the Cadaver Dans at the party, but they apparently weren’t walking around.
So we watched their show on the river instead.
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
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