Miss Lane debuted her latest Disney costume at WDW Sunday for Dapper Day. She cosplayed at the Magic Kingdom as Jane Porter (from Disney’s Tarzan) and she really had a blast and met tons of very dapper friends. :D
At the top I made a little collage of construction pics I snapped while sewing her costume. (I was up until 4am Sunday morning -four hours before we left for the park- so sadly I didn’t snap pics of some of the pieces coming together in the end.) I started out with a bright yellow tablecloth I found at Goodwill for $4.99. The color was perfect and just screamed Jane to me. (I’ve wanted to sew her costume forever and finally did it! YAY!) I created a bustle with steel hooping for her to wear under the dress (she also had a crinoline I made out of some netting.) The hat is from Children’s Place and I just changed out the band around it. The belt is a remnant of brown suede and the tie was a scrap leftover from the hat band material. The little parasol was a lace one I found at a thrift store and I took it apart and sewed a new cover to make it look more like Jane’s. I ran out of time so it’s missing the tassles and a few minor details, but I may revisit it before she wears it again. I kind of just made up the pattern and draped it as I went. They really don’t make bustle dress patterns in 18-24 month sizes. ;) All in all I’m very happy with the finished dress and she was such a trooper wearing it around the park all day. It’s was quite warm, too–but she kept the hat and gloves on the entire time, and for a 2 year old toddler, that’s saying something! :D I’m so proud of my little cosplayer.
Lane debuted her latest Disney outfit this weekend at Disney World. I created her little Dapper inspired ensemble out of mostly upcycled materials. The skirt, bow tie, and armbands were made from two second-hand scrub tops I bought at Goodwill. The hat was another goodwill score for a couple bucks. The stripe fabric was a scrap I got off Etsy. I built a little petticoat underneath the skirt to give it some oomph. All in all a pretty easy and inexpensive outfit and she had a ball running around the park as a little Dapper Ann (or Daniella which she was also called.) ;) (Special Thanks to Dapper Zak for the inspiration! You are adorable and I wish we were on the other coast to play at Disneyland with you!)
I’ve had a few people ask me how I did the Rapunzel hair for my daughter’s costume, so I thought I would do a quick write up on it. The whole project was thrown together in a couple of days as I didn’t have much notice that Flynn Rider was only going to be doing meet and greets on Valentine’s day. The first two pics in the collage are my daughter’s actual hair. She’s only two so she doesn’t have long hair, and it’s rather fine in texture. I started out by putting tons of mousse and hairspray in her hair the morning we went to the park. The second picture shows how her hair looked while meeting Tiana (before we put on her Rapunzel dress and hair.) I pulled some from each side into two little pigtails on the top and gave them a slight twist and then secured them with clear rubber bands. The braid itself i made out of synthetic hair I found at a local hair supply shop. The packages were only a few bucks each and very lightweight. (The color # is 27.) I braided them and twisted them and wove pink and lavender ribbon throughout just to kind of give them a Rapunzel-y look. I secured the braid in several spots with rubberbands and then ribbon. At the top of the braid I sewed in a tortoise colored claw style hair clip (collage bottom middle pic.) The braid was then embellished with flowers I purchased at the dollar store. I just used a dab of hot glue and placed them throughout the braid. I also glued some flowers onto bobby pins and alligator clips and they helped to embellish her real hair and secure the braid to her real hair. I ended up pulling her actual hair into a low ponytail and then used the claw clip to secure the fake braid to her hair. I then used the pins and clips and some pieces of ribbon to secure the braid. (I did this all outside the Rapunzel bathrooms at the Magic Kingdom, so it was actually pretty easy and drama free though I did worry up until the moment it was on that it wouldn’t work at all!) Part of the secret of getting the braid to ‘stay’ was that I sewed lengths of ribbon at the shoulder of the Rapunzel costume and at the waist. I then tied the braid into place and this helped distribute the weight of the fake hair onto her shoulder instead of the back of her neck.)
She ended up wearing the hair for a good four hours around Disney World and even ate lunch with it, and given that she’s a two-year old, I consider that a win. Especially since we were asked multiple times if it was her real hair. LOL!!
Here are some pictures of Miss Lane’s Cinderella dress I finished recently. I started off with a curtain I found at Goodwill for 2.99. I dyed it blue (it started out a seafoam green), and used some random scraps of matte white satin and netting from an old prom dress to create the skirt poufs and sleeves along with the crinoline for under the dress. I also made her a small two hoop skirt to help hold the dress out. :) She loves wearing it, and it is so magical seeing her wearing it around Disney World. :)