Disney’s Haunted Mansion is turning 45 this year, so of course I wanted to honor my favorite ride by dressing up as one of its cast members this Halloween (here are some of the photos I used as reference). And I am super excited to share it with you! This is a long time in the making sort of thing too. I originally decided I wanted to dress up as one of the Haunted Mansion cast member two years ago, but had no luck finding the perfect fabrics till this year, when I finally lucked out and found this amazing green twill for $5/yard on Fabric.com. So I happily ordered myself five yards of it. To add more details, I decided to buy one yard of this fabric that replicate’s Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion’s wallpaper from Spoonflower. It looks cool, not as vibrant as I would like it, but still super cool. And in a stroke of luck, a few days before starting to sew this, I got together with a few other friends for a fabric swap, and one of them had that amazing glittery black fabric, and it occurred to me it would be the perfect fabric for this jacket.
After I had all the materials assembled, I sat and worked on this. It took me about two weeks to get all pieces together, a total of four! I made the vest, the jacket, the skirt, and the petticoat that goes under that skirt. Doesn’t it look super fun, I mean, dreadful? The only thing you may have noticed is that the vest is held together with pins. I haven’t decided yet how I want it to close… It’s a bit large on me, so I’m thinking of maybe sewing it shut, so I’d put it on like a shirt, not a vest. I have a fancy little clasp I bought for it, but I don’t think it will work unless I wear this vest with something under it, and I don’t think that really works. On Halloween I’ll probably wear it with a tan-colored tank underneath, just for modesty’s sake since I’ll be wearing it at work, but we’ll see. I have some time to think about it (I am writing this post a week before Halloween).
My costume wouldn’t be complete, though, without the details. I bought a gray and green wig on Ebay, the choker is from a seller on Etsy, the lipstick is from Lime Crime (sold out), the purple tights are from Target, and the shoes are old ones from Nine West. I wish I had cool pointy booties for this costume instead, but I forgot all about shoes in my excitement about the rest. And the best detail of all, my original Disney World name tag. It ties everything together beautifully, doesn’t it?
Anyway, below are a bunch of more pictures of this costume for you to check out all details.
- Simplicity 2525 for the jacket, modified to include the peplum
- McCalls 7022, view F for the skirt
- McCalls 2260, view E for the vest
- McCalls 6706, view F for the petticoat
Want to see more handmade Halloween costumes? Check out my Elizabeth Bennett costume from Pride and Prejudice!