Friday, September 23, 2011

Homemade Rapunzel Costume


One of my favorite things about Halloween is making costumes. I have never been a big fan of dressing up myself, but I love dressing up my kids. This year my daughter wanted to be Rapunzel from her current favorite movie, Tangled. I was so glad she chose her because her dress is pretty simple and easy to recreate. 

Originally I was going to do something totally of my own making, without using a pattern. I chickened out when it came time to do the bodice and instead used a pattern (Simplicity 5704) with some modifications. The skirt part was all my own though.

 I made it a little big for her for several reasons. First of all, it always seems to be freezing cold here on Halloween and I hate covering up costumes with big heavy jackets, so it is big enough that she can wear a sweatshirt and maybe even another layer underneath. Also, after Halloween it will join our "dress-ups" and I wanted it to fit for at least a year more and be big enough so she or her friends can put it on by themselves.

 For the sleeves, I just sewed pink ribbon stripes directly on the sleeve fabric pieces before they were gathered and sewn on. 

 The bodice is just ribbon sewn on, although for this time I waited until after the bodice was assembled, but before the skirt and bodice were sewn together.  The waistband is just wider ribbon sewn in the front and sides, but then left un-sewn in the back so it can tie.

We're going to have a hard time keeping this dress in the closet for a month!

I've started working on a wig too, so far, its been difficult, so it might just get scrapped. We'll see what I can figure out, at least I have some time still.

Linking up with these blogs:
The Shabby Nest
Joyful Stamper
Family Ever After 
Skip to My Lou 
Creations by Kara


  1. I love it! This turned out SO the flipflops, too, heehee :)

  2. I love the ribbon detailing. You did such a good job.
    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


  3. Thanks for sharing this- I am looking to make one for my daughter as well.

    This is what I'm planning on using to make the wig- maybe it will be helpful for you:

    Have a great week-