headcanon : rapunzel’s dress used to fit her perfectly when she originally made it , but years of wear and tear have left the skirt and sleeves short in length . it’s apparent that gothel has not gotten any more fabric for rapunzel to make another dress for herself , and rapunzel , i doubt , has asked for more , most likely due to nervousness in asking her mother for anything for fear of gothel’s reaction . we see this example highlighted when rapunzel instead asks for paint over seeing the floating lights for her birthday , and gothel’s obvious eye roll and guilt trip : ‘ that’s a very long trip , rapunzel . almost three days time . ‘ and that was just for paint , can you imagine the reaction for enough fabric to make a dress ?
and because rapunzel is too anxiety ridden to ask , gothel calls her sloppy and under dressed in mother knows best , which prompts rapunzel to attempt to pull the skirt of her dress down to cover her ankles . based on the length of the sleeves and skirt , i’m putting rapunzel having that dress somewhere in the 3 to 4+ year mark since she made it . at eighteen currently , rapunzel has definitely stopped growing for at least 1 to 2+ years , which means she’s had that dress for longer than that , since the sleeves used to fit her . i’d suggest around 13 to 14 is when rapunzel originally made the dress , which means she’s had the same dress for close to 5 years .
5 years . 5 years , and gothel couldn’t get the girl more fabric to make a proper dress that actually fit her .
Please, please be gentle and think about what you’re saying when you’re talking to children. I met a woman in her 60s-70s the other day who was nervous about her new haircut not having bangs because someone told her she had a large forehead way back when she was 12 and she still felt self-conscious about it not being covered up. Your words really can affect a kid’s life that far into their adult future.