Rapunzel concept art cosplay- complete!. The green tends to change color here and there depending on the light- but overall I love it! It has this golden shimmer to it that really works~. I made a few small changes to the dress (the center panel and the sleeves) that differ from the original art, but these changes make it mine and unique, so I don’t think they’re a bad thing. I’m so excited to wear this on Saturday- you don’t even know.
I’m bored, so I’ve decided to do a breakdown of my Rapunzel costume for those who are interested in making one.
Before I begin, let me say this: this is not a beginner’s costume. I had been sewing for 5 years when I made mine and I still struggled with things and it took a lot of work and a lot of effort. I’m not saying that you need to be a certain level to do this, but please keep in mind that you will need several skills that are above beginner to do this costume.
Materials- This is up to interpretation. For one, the design on the bodice and front of the skirt doesn’t exist in commercial fabric. Some people have had it printed through spoon flower, but I didn’t want to use this method. I ended up using fabrics that had a similar look and that I liked. The top is an embroidered silk, the skirt is duchesse satin. The sleeves are also duchesse satin. I love duchesse satin, and use it for everything I can where it would be appropriate. What you want to use for the costume is up to you. Research and see what you like and looks good.
Patterns- This is not exactly straight forward. The patterns that I used were modified both to match the design of Rapunzel’s outfit and to fit my body.
For the bodice I used Simplicity 2757. I altered it a lot. If you don’t know what you need to do to alter it, you can use the pattern as it is and it’s still pretty good. I’m just an accuracy stickler.
I don’t remember what pattern I used for the skirt. You can pretty much use any Renaissance style skirt pattern (make sure it’s a peasant costume) and it will probably work, since they have the same general shape (as long as it has flared panels and is not just a gathered rectangle). You’ll need to shorten it and possibly move seams around to get the front panel centered.
The sleeves were drafted by myself since I’ve made enough puff sleeves that I know the shape. You can pretty much use any puff sleeve pattern and it will work. Alice costumes tend to have good bases. I also drafted the bottom part of the sleeve based on my arm size. You could use part of a fitted sleeve pattern for this if you need to.
Details- The most intensive part of this costume is the details. The bodice alone takes me about 4-6 hours in pinning alone. Along each edge of the bodice is a row of pink satin piping (which is ridiculously difficult to find, I only know 2 places that carry it locally and haven’t found it online) and a row of gathered tulle lace. The tulle lace is also purchased locally, but you can also find it only by searching for “tulle lace” or “embroidered lace”. Each layer has to be pinned and sewn separately before the lining is put in, and the sleeves put on. The front must also be grommetted, and a placket put in under where the grommets are. I hand sew the placket to the lining so that you don’t see any attachment from the outside of the garment.
The sleeves are also a pain because of the ribbon stripes. In high res pictures from the film, you can see stitching lines on the edge of the ribbons. It takes a long time to measure and pin all the ribbon down at equal intervals and then sew it. There is also lace along the end of the bottom part of the sleeve, which needs to be sewn on before the sleeve is sewn up.
The skirt has 2 major details; there is the embroidery around the hem and up the sides of the front, and lace along the bottom. The lace is, technically, attached to her slip/petticoat in the film, and while I originally did this on mine, it was difficult to see it, so I moved it directly to the skirt. It was all sewn on by hand (if you do this earlier in the process you can do it on the machine though).
Then there’s the embroidery. The row of pink was done by sewing on ribbon (it is supposed to be stitching, but when I did a zig zag on my first costume, I didn’t like the way it looked). I hand embroidered my costume, but this took an immense amount of time, patience, and devotion. I have also been embroidering since I was about 8, so it wasn’t a new skill I had to acquire. I usually paint the designs on using stencils that I created. I drew the designs on paper, then cut them out. I use this as a base and paint from there, looking at references all the time. Even just painting the skirt takes me 8-10 hours. How you want to do this is up to you, however, keep in mind how time consuming some methods are and if you need the costume by a certain date.
Closures- Both my bodice and skirt close with zippers in the side. You can do a functional lace up with a removable placket as well, but I found the zipper easier. The waistband on the skirt also closes with a hook and eye.
Wig- Again, this is not a wig for someone who’s never styled a wig before. It requires a great deal of maintenance; I pretty much restyle it after every time I wear it. It was made using a long wig, a pack of wefted extensions and about 8 ponytail falls. It weighs a ton. All my wig bits were purchased from Arda wigs, and I couldn’t be happier with their products.
I styled the top part by doing 2 dutch braids that wrap around the head and are tucked in. This is sewn down. The ponytail falls were all sewn together and then sewn into the base of the wig and braided. This is the main big braid. There’s another extension that I clip to the end of that braid. The flowers are all on clips so that I can take them out for restyling.
Tiara- This was hard and I haven’t even been able to replicate it myself. I printed out a picture of of the crown from the art book and used this as a stencil to cut the shape out of craft foam. I then added wire between the layers of craft foam, sealed it and painted it. I then glued in the large crystals and glued on all the smaller ones.
Hopefully this is somewhat helpful to those who are planning to make this costume. Keep in mind that I have made the costume twice for myself, 3 times for commissions, have made 3 different wigs, and the tiara was completely ripped apart and redone. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on this costume, and I don’t expect other people to be as crazy and obsessive about the details. But I figured it might help someone out there. Please don’t take anything I said as the only way to do something, because what works for me may not work for others. Always do what makes you feel comfortable and confident in making your costume!
Here are pics of the costume for reference:
If you have any questions, you can feel free to ask them. Thanks!
I’m so excited to debut our Disney Princess line just in time for Halloween! I love Disney and was so excited to bring these to life in the form of Cincher skirts! Each one is hand crafted with love and a little pixie dust for added magic :)
These, and other items, can be found in my Etsy shop!
I seriously think I am still dreaming. Life can be so perfect sometimes. I was fortunate enough to get to go to the Mickey’s Halloween Party on both coasts this year! It was one of the best times I’ve ever had! I will post more after I finish the scrapbook.
OMG SO FRUSTRATED WITH COSTUME COMPANIES RIGHT NOW
I want to be Rapunzel for Halloween this year.
So I look for a costume. There is one official costume for Rapunzel that is in adult sizes. It’s a short version of Rapunzel’s dress, which I can’t stand. It looks like it’s trying to be a ‘Sexy Rapunzel’. Rawr.
So then I look for a pattern, which they have released in child sizing, just not in adult. Which is stupid, because they have released patterns in adult sizes for virtually every other Disney Princess. So to make an adult pattern properly. I would need multiple patterns… I’ve seen one site recommend merging 4 different patterns.
So then I look for custom/cosplay costumes, and all of them I can find are pink. RAPUNZEL’S DRESS IS NOT PINK YOU MORONS. Why would I pay $200.00 + for a costume that isn’t even the right colour!?!?!??!
WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT?!?!? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO FIND A GOOD COSTUME/PATTERN?!?!?