- Kitacon IV 2012
The first thing I should mention is that I am aware this costume is not entirely complete - I didn't manage to finish the embroidery in time for its debut, but decided to wear it anyway and had great fun. I will be adding the embroidery in the future, as I'd eventually like to cosplay Rapunzel with blonde hair as well as brown.
That being said, I love Tangled! I dragged my boyfriend to the first showing at my local cinema when it was released because I was so excited to see it, and it certainly didn't disappoint. I've been hinting that I want him to cosplay Flynn, but he's having none of it. Oh well. :P I had a lot of fun constructing this costume, and although there were some headaches, I really love the way it's turned out.
The shirt was the start of my problems - I had originally ordered some patterned lilac cotton for it, but it turned out that the store was out of stock and would not be receiving any more of it. Instead, I chose the same fabric but in white, and bought some lilac fabric dye to do it myself. The eyelets were installed by my brother (because I'm rubbish at putting them in), and I laced them up with pink ribbon. The trim on the shirt is also pink ribbon, as well as white lace and pink lace. For the buttons on the back, I found six cute flowery buttons at my local craft store which I thought would be a nice touch, and the plain lilac cotton I used on the sleeves and back panel was left over from the Esmeralda costume I made for a friend. The pink parts of the sleeve are jersey fabric, which I free-hand painted the border designs onto.
When I ordered the fabric for my shirt, I also ordered the same fabric in a darker purple for the front panel of the skirt. The rest of the skirt was made out of purple satin that I'd originally bought for Zelda, but then decided I liked it better for Rapunzel (I have other fabric I'll use for Zelda instead). It's made out of six panels and a waistband, and fastens with a zip. The embroidery was all done by hand, and although it's not complete I will be finishing it in the future.
My Pascal is a cute little chameleon who lights up! :D He changes colour when you place him on something, or you can set him to rotate through a spectrum instead. Unfortunately his lights didn't show up very well outside, so I will have to get some photos when it's dark sometime too.
The wig was borrowed from CrazedTeensie as I didn't have enough time or money to make a blonde wig, so I am very grateful to her. I do want to make a blonde wig for this in the future, but at least I had the opportunity to cosplay Rapunzel with an accurate hairstyle anyway. The shoes are a pair of pink flats that I already owned, as I don't own purple ones.
|Finish embroidery||Low||In Progress|
Apparently I have gone mad (Posted 31st March 2012)
I decided today that I want to embroider the skirt designs on my Rapunzel cosplay. Why do I do this to myself D: Anyway, my boyfriend has very kindly bought me some embroidery thread in pink and turquoise <3
Progress photos (Posted 15th September 2011)
While I was waiting for my hair to dry earlier, I took some photos of my shirt as it is in its current state :) I only have to make the sleeves now and attach them, and it'll be done!
Obviously there's the photos of the front and back of the shirt (and I forgot to flip them so they're the correct way around, derp), but I've also included close-up photos of my buttons and the pattern on the fabric! The colour's wrong on the close-up photo of my fabric, though, due to bad lighting - the actual colour is closer to that in the photos I'm wearing the shirt.
More shirt stuff (Posted 14th September 2011)
Today I had to go to the craft store to get some card-making stuff for my parents, and while I was there I had a look for buttons for the back of Rapunzel's shirt. I was originally just going to get some plain pink buttons, but then I found these really nice ones in the shape/size that I wanted with a cute, flowery print on them! There were six in the tube and the pattern didn't stand out too much, so I decided to buy them. Yay!
Shirt (Posted 14th September 2011)
Today I spent my time working on my shirt for Rapunzel! :) I'd already cut the basic pieces out and tacked them together before dyeing the fabric, but then I decided I liked the reverse of the fabric more and had to untack it all to turn it the other way out. I cut off the straps that I'd previously made, as they went all flimsy and nasty in the dyeing process, and made new ones. I didn't want to do that, originally, but then I realised Rapunzel's shirt has seams where the straps join to the bodice, so yay!
My brother helped me install all 22 eyelets into the front of the bodice - I managed to put in 4 by myself, but I'm pretty useless at it so he helped me out a lot and put the rest in where I wanted them. After the eyelets were done, I laced them all up, and that took more than a couple of attempts, lmao; I wanted it laced like Rapunzel's shirt is, and I kept messing up. Got there eventually, though!
After that I pinned the ribbon and lace to the bottom of the shirt, and it's looking pretty cute at the minute :) I've pinned the ribbon around the top of the shirt too, but as I need to use my sewing machine to attach the back panel (where her pink buttons are), and it's past 1am, I figured I'd stop for the night, lol. I shall hopefully continue working on it tomorrow!
Fabric dyeing (Posted 27th August 2011)
Today I'm dyeing my fabric! I found this really cute patterned cotton in multiple colours, so I ordered some in dark purple for the skirt and some in lilac for the shirt. However, after I ordered it I soon received an email saying that the lilac was out of stock and they wouldn't be getting any more of the fabric, so they offered to replace it with a different colour. I chose white and bought some fabric dye, and today I've finally got round to dyeing it.
As it's raining, and the fabric needs to be dried away from sunlight, my kitchen has been taken over!
Fabric samples (Posted 1st March 2011)
Well, in the last journal I wrote, I mentioned that I might have found the fabric I wanted to use; I found out that the shop I wanted to buy it from does samples, so I requested one and it arrived today...it's totally the wrong colour! D: It's more of a dusky pink rather than a light purple. I'm glad I asked for a sample first instead of spending the money (as it's £11.99 a metre, eek!), but this does mean I'll have to go back to searching. Oh well!
Fabric... (Posted 13th February 2011)
Might have found the purple fabric that I'd like to use for this already, haha! I think I'll be debating it a bit more, though, as purple seems to be an awkward colour in fabric (what is it with me and awkward colours?) and I want to be 100% sure it's the fabric I want before buying it. :)