Costume :Rapunzel
Variant :Kingdom Dance braid
Source :Tangled (Disney)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2012

Costume Photos

Best Day Ever!!

Watching from the Window...

I have magic hair, that glows when I sing!

A Magical Day.

Castle on a Cloud.

Disney Ladies.

I've got a Dream.

Frying pans - Who knew?

With every passing hour, I'm so glad I left my tower!

Disney Parks reference, in particular skirt.

Back reference, in particular that monster braid.

Full reference, top to (almost) toe.


Costume Information

Cost : I keep updating this costume, so I stopped keeping track after £200...
Time Taken : Six months to research, one month to construct.

UPDATE: November 5th 2012.

After being unable to attend the princess picnic at MCM Expo in October, I thought that was pretty much my lot for this costume any time soon - But I've been invited to attend the London New Year's Parade with a big group of Disney Princesses, which means Rapunzel gets a winter make-over!
I'm going to need some more substantial shoes, as ballet pumps are hardly suitable for mid-winter, maybe some thicker sleeves, possibly velvet? I'm also going to make Flynn's satchel, finally, so I can carry some essentials, namely a crown and a frying pan...

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UPDATE: August 18th 2012.

I work at my local Waterstones store, and offered myself up to do a Rapunzel storytelling/craft activity today. It went down a storm! I brought my frying pan and my new crown as props when telling an abridged, interactive story of the film, and I helped the kids make some cardboard crowns.
Unlike LFCC, this three-hour stint allowed me far more contact with the kids; Rapunzel had proper conversations with them, asked about their day and their holidays, where they lived and what pets they had, this, that and the other. It was also hilarious because some of them took it upon themselves to explain technology to me. One boy decided that a printer was 'like a painting, except someone else draws the picture for you'. At one point, a mother left her iPhone on the table to attend to her child and it started ringing. Obviously, Rapunzel has no concept of an iPhone so I was all 'Erm, excuse me, your THING is DOING SOMETHING and it is WORRYING ME!'
I swear, half the time I had more fun than the kids xD

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This was the costume I was most excited about for LFCC - And my first real, hand-made cosplay! My Mum helped me out a lot, but I really feel as though my sewing technique has improved through this construction. I went all-out to use the most expensive fabrics I could afford to ensure it was top quality, and would stand the test of time, as I fully intend to wear her again. The skirt was the most perfect part about the costume, and spending the day as a princess was ace.
I also took part in the Masquerade for the first time ever - First convention, first cosplay, first Masquerade... Might as well throw myself in at the deep end! - And, despite technical difficulties meaning my backing track wasn't available, I had such great fun prancing about on stage. If you caught a glimpse of me on Sunday, I hope I put on a good show, as I will certainly be coming back for more of that fantastic experience!
Rapunzel was, hands-down, the greatest costume I've ever worn - And, having been on the stage since a very young age, I've worn a LOT of costumes. The best bit was having at least a couple of dozen small children come running up to me for hugs! I let them hold Pascal for photos and spoke to them as Rapunzel. One child told me she loved me, and her mother claimed I'd made her day. An absolute crowd-pleaser I will be absolutely delighted to wear again!



* Hair - Seventy-feet long, miraculously braided to ankle-length. Disney magic; just roll with it. Features both English (?) and French braids, along with enough flowers to sink a ship.
* Make-up - Simple enough. Disney Parks give their actresses pink lips and natural-looking eyes, although sometimes use purple eyeshadow. Nothing too bright, as film!Rapunzel doesn't appear to wear make-up.
* Bodice - Pinkish-purple floral bodice with pink cross lacing. Sweetheart neckline, edged in white lace; the bottom hem trimmed with the same lace, dyed pink. Puff sleeves are the same purple as the modesty panel, but striped with top-stitched pink ribbon. The back features a rectangular cut-out of sheer lilac fabric from shoulder blades to neckline, fastened with six small, pink buttons. Sheer sleeves are pale pink and edged both ends with purple embroidery, with white lace on the three-quarter-length cuffs.
* Skirt - Seven or eight gores (Needs closer inspection - Fantastic excuse to watch the film a further twenty-seven times), seven panels in a darker pinkish-purple and the front in the bodice fabric dyed a brighter purple. The skirt features a white petticoat underneath, the bottom edge of which is trimmed with white lace, which peeks out underneath the overskirt.
* Footwear - Technically bare feet, but for hygiene's sake, pumps in a complimenting pink or purple.
* Accessories - Trusty frying pan and Pascal plush. Maybe a purple sun flag?


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looking forward to seeing this. I'm LOVING your skirt WIP photo!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 2 July, 2012 - 19:07
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Thank you - That means a lot, coming from someone with such a fantastic Rapunzel already under their belt! I'm absolutely determined to get this done for the weekend, and I'll be wearing it Sunday... Hopefully see Ariel there! :D

by CaptainAmelia on Tuesday, 3 July, 2012 - 09:43
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You've done so much research, this is going to look brilliant!!
Especially if the WIP photo is anything to go by!

by TheStarlightFairy on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012 - 23:40
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I'm sure you'll see me around! My dress is huge!!! haha! I'm determined to look for Disney people on the sunday to get photos with/of ^_^ and your very very welcome!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 5 July, 2012 - 13:07
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You were an adorable Rapunzel, shame about the music problems on Sunday ):

by street-angel on Sunday, 15 July, 2012 - 14:45
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Thank you so much - I absolutely loved playing her!:D
And it sucks - I had the kingdom dance all planned out for that stint on stage, but I guess technology can't be helped :3

by CaptainAmelia on Sunday, 15 July, 2012 - 15:08
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You make the most adorable Rapunzel. Beautiful work =]

by Kacela on Monday, 7 January, 2013 - 15:50
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Aww, thank you! :D x

by CaptainAmelia on Monday, 7 January, 2013 - 21:26

great job

by VictoriaRusso on Thursday, 14 February, 2013 - 14:17
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Very nice Rapunzel, so neat and tidy semas and work. Good colours, very simple and pretty, I made the limited edition doll version with the long floaty sleeves, that wa sa challange scaling up a doll version to human size. Your wig is so nice as well.

by Tracy on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 - 17:34

To-Do List

Cut wefts from one wig and attach to the other.HighComplete
Make cloak and attach faux fur neckpiece.HighIn Progress
Iron on flower trim to skirt.HighPlanned
Buy more silk flowers for wig.MediumComplete
Work out how to lace up bodice without eyelets.MediumComplete
Decide on winter boots.LowComplete
Decide on ballet tights for sleeves.LowComplete
Sew lace to lower cuffs.LowComplete
Locate wicker basket.LowComplete
Pick up pink flats from New Look.LowComplete

Shopping List

Pascal plush - Already owned£0.00Bought
Frying pan£2.99Bought
White lace for petticoat trim - Three-and-a-half metres£2.45Bought
Purple duchess satin - Two metres£19.98Bought
Purple flower centre panel fabric - Half a metre£4.40Bought
Pink satin bias binding£3.83Bought
Pink/lilac flats£15.99Bought
Pink bodice piping - Two-and-a-half metres£1.00Bought
Skirt zip£1.92Bought
Lilac flower sleeve trim - One-and-a-half metres£0.90Bought
Hair pins for silk flowers - Forty£3.39Bought
Purple sparkly velvet for winter cloak - One metre£6.50Bought
Iron-on flower trim for skirt - Two metres£6.00Bought
Thicker pink ribbon for sleeves£0.80Bought
Six small, pink buttons£1.20Bought
Pink cord for front lacing£1.30Bought
McCalls bodice pattern 4107£6.25Bought
Three golden blonde wigs£52.91Bought
Golden blonde extensions in colour #24£6.97Bought
A literal ton of silk flowers£5.86Bought
Fishing wire to sew wig - Already owned£0.00Bought
Lilac flower bodice fabric - One metre£9.55Bought
Pink footless tights£3.45Bought
White lace for bodice neckline - One metre£1.00Bought
Pink lace for front of bodice - One metre£0.30Bought
Boning for bodice - Two metres£3.98Bought
Lilac polycotton for bodice lining - One metre£3.60Bought
Interfacing for bodice£2.60Bought
Lilac faux fur neckpiece - Christmas present£0.00Bought


Big news! BIG news!! (Posted 14th February 2013)

After the New Year's Day Parade, and our photoshoot with Nick Acott, our Disney group were approached by the national magazine 'Take a Break' (A mighty 86p, available from all good newsagents!), who wanted to do a feature spread about us! We all had interviews over the phone and sent off our photos about three weeks ago, and the finished article was published today. This is the first time I've been involved in anything of this scale - Especially considering I'm the youngest of the group, and the newest to cosplay! - So it's really, really exciting to see us in print! :D

Winter!Rapunzel progress. (Posted 29th December 2012)

I'm taking part in the London New Year's Day Parade for 2013 as Rapunzel, with a group of Disney characters, so I decided a cloak was definitely in order. This is some beautifully thick velvet, shot through with metallic thread so it actually sparkles in the light, and a lilac faux fur collar from Marks & Spencer I was given for Christmas. I absolutely adore it! :D

Look! I made a thing! (Posted 17th August 2012)

I don't usually craft, partly because I seem intent on destroying paintbrushes and clogging glue guns, but I put my horrendous track record aside in the hope of constructing Rapunzel's crown... And I did it! It made not be the most spectacular thing in the world, and I'm definitely thinking of re-making it after my stint at at Waterstones on Saturday, but it will certainly serve. And it's sparkly. I love sparkly (Y)

New sleeves. (Posted 10th August 2012)

I was running short on time befoe the convention, so, at LFCC, I just wore a short-sleeved shirt underneath my bodice, which served alright for the puff sleeves. Now I've had time to have another crack at them, I've sorted that right out. Although I’m not totally happy with the colour - Couldn’t find any cotton in exactly the right shade of lilac - I tracked down the sweetest purple flower trim for the cuffs, which sets the sleeves off wonderfully. I’m especially happy with how they puff out properly, just like Rapunzel’s do, rather than lying flat!

Wig.2 at 95%! (Posted 6th August 2012)

Just have to sort out a bald patch on the front left-hand side and thicken up the fringe D:

1. Make shit with tights.
2. Sew that shit to a wig.
3. Smother that shit in flowers.
4. ???
5. Profit.

Flower, gleam and glow... (Posted 27th July 2012)

Once upon a time, I told myself I had enough silk flowers for Rapunzel’s wig. Then I went and bought a dozen more.
I’m hoping to touch up the wig a little more this evening, as I haven’t so much as looked at it since my last journal entry. Whoops. Ideally, I’d love to get this finished over the weekend, but my absolute deadline is August 3rd, as the lovely LikeHaiHelen has organised a cosplay picnic! :D

I know I have Rapunzel down as complete, but... (Posted 23rd July 2012)

...I've held off from posting a Things I Would Do Differently, because I have every intention of updating this costume this summer. Not only have I a couple of gigs at a local castle and a storytelling at the bookshop I work at (Oooh-er!), but I've been toying with the idea of hiring myself out as a party princess. And Party Princess Rapunzel definitely needs more hair.
So have an in-progress wig photo! This was made by slicing up a metre of cotton quilt batting and stuffing it into beige-coloured skin-tights. The three lengths were then sewn into the crown near the base, and the hair (Which was already two wigs spliced together) was wrapped around it and plaited.
It worked surprisingly well! There are still a few bald patches, though, which will be covered with extra wefts and flowers a-plenty, and the bottom fall of hair needs sorting.
I tried it on earlier and I don't think it's any heavier than it was before - Just a lot thicker, and therefore harder to sweep over my shoulder, leaving it hanging down my back instead and potentially tugging it too far back from my hairline. Hmm. Visible wig cap is definitely something that needs seeing to.

The Masquerade! (Posted 10th July 2012)

Well... I did it! I was honestly expecting myself to wimp out sometime that morning, but, even amongst some of the most fabulous cosplayer I've ever seen - Donkey, Ghostbusters, TARDIS ballgown and Lady Loki to name but a few - I kept my shit together and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I had choreographed a short sequence to the latter 50 seconds of Alan Menkin's 'Kingdom Dance' track from Tangled, but due to technical issues with the crew, none of the cosplayers were able to use their own backing track, and instead they played a generic rock track.
No problem. Rapunzel can totally rock out.
So, I pranced up on stage like a pro, and promptly lost a shoe. Uh-oh. Kicked the other one off, did the whole thing bare-foot (Although I'd previously been told I couldn't, due to health and safety. Whoops.) and had an absolute blast. While I didn't win anything for the costume - It wasn't nearly accurate enough, not to mention this being my first shot at a convention, let alone a Masquerade! - I was hardly expecting to, and got up there for the laughs.
Check out the video above (Coming soon!) to see my brief stint during Sunday's Masquerade! :D

Sunday at LFCC! (Posted 4th July 2012)

Absolutely irrelevant to the costume itself, but I just signed up for the Masquerade this Sunday! I've been acting and dancing since I was a kid, so I figured there couldn't be a better culmination to this project than prancing around on a stage dressed as a princess. I've never been to a convention before, let alone participated in a contest like this, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the other costumes people are so proud of :) Hope to see you there!

Skirt complete! (Posted 1st July 2012)

Hardly a work-in-progress photo - And yes, I'm aware how fine I'm cutting this! - But still... My skirt is complete!
I've gone without a petticoat because my fabric is so thick, and for the sake of the summer, so it took about three hours to hand-sew all the lace around the hem. The trickiest bit was pinning the pink satin binding into the vertical seams dead straight! I'm sure there are wobbles...
I've opted not to attempt to hand-embroider the designs onto the fabric, as I am A) Crap at embroidery and B) Too much in love with this to risk wrecking it with my clumsiness...
Also, the colours look a heck of a lot better in person - Far more of a brighter pinky-purple, rather than the indigo shade it looks.
At present, the skirt hits from my natural waist down to a few inches above my ankles, skims over my hips and swishes in the most princess-ly fashion possible. I'm so looking forward to wearing it!