Today Googiemama has outdone herself!! She shows you how to make a Rapunzel dress with this fabulous tutorial. And wait until you check out how to make Rapunzel hair!! And there’s a Pasqual too (sort of!). Don’t forget to check out all the other costume tutorials in the series as well!
12 years and 4 months ago i gave birth to my first daughter.
about 15 minutes later i sewed my first princess costume.
since then i’ve had three more girls and a boy…and sewn everything from cinderella (twice) and belle to woody the cowboy and an evil dr. porkchop.
gone with the wind gown + pink princess + my fair lady gown + woody costume
i’ve done generic “princess” gowns for play and parties, alice in wonderland, kimonos when guinevere went through a japanese phase, movie inspired gowns, masks and wings and tutus.
between the ages of 2 and 3 my son never, EVER went out of the house in normal clothes. he was a different superhero every day of the week—superman, batman, buzz lightyear—we had ‘em all. he even managed to sneak his mr. incredible costume on under his dress clothes one sunday. after all, he explained to us, superheroes always hide their uniform under their regular clothes.
how do you argue with that?
but you know what—in all that time, and with all those costumes—i’m still not sick of it. i love it just as much now as i did when i was 13—walking to the local thrift shop and buying old curtains to make medieval gowns…or gathering up every cheap wire drycleaner hanger i could find in the closets to fashion a makeshift hoop for a “gone with the wind” inspired dress. true story.
i love dress up. i love make believe.
i knew i would have daughters, and i knew i would make them dress up clothes. i knew i would spend too much time and too much money creating something custom with my own two hands—rather than buying what’s already made.
and i do. shhhh…don’t tell my husband about the money part.
and now when i sit and sew for my girls i can’t help but wonder if one day i’ll be sewing 3 princessy bridesmaid’s gowns. or even (gulp) a wedding dress.
sigh. ::wiping tears::
okay, enough of the sappy trip down Memory Lane. and up Potential Future Boulevard. back to the present—where the nice thing is that at this size it only takes a yard or so of fabric to make something they love. case in point:
you want a pascal? sorry, you’re on your own. okay, i lied. check here. i made it up as i went and couldn’t remake him to save my life.
let’s talk about rapunzel’s crowning glory—her golden tresses. i was going to do a yarn wig—there’s some really cool tutorials floating around the web. then i realized three things:
o1) yarn—even cheap yard, in that amount—ain’t so cheap (and i used up all my coupons on the fabric!)
o2) she’s already got blonde hair, we just need more length.
o3) i’m not opposed to fake hair anyway–in everyday situations. yup, i’ve used it
$4.99 at my local hair and wig store. i call that winning.
it’s synthetic, so you can’t do much with it in the way of styling. but it came out of the package already looking for all the world like rapunzel’s braid. i just braided gigi’s real hair to the back and attached this with a rubber band.
right when i took this picture a man walked by and said “wow! that’s really long hair!” in a tone of voice that said is it real? nah—it can’t be. buuuttt… i think he was thoroughly confused.
so you’ve got your pascal, and you’ve got your hair. what about the dress? that’s the easy part.
you can customize any basic bodice pattern to look rapunzel-ish. i started with a standard sleeveless scoop-necked bodice pattern that i had already drafted for gigi. i traced it onto the fabric with an erasable fabric marker, then sketched out a new sweetheart neckline and extended the waist into a point.
i cut that new shape out and got to work…