|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?
|Cut wefts from one wig and attach to the other.||High||Complete|
|Make cloak and attach faux fur neckpiece.||High||In Progress|
|Iron on flower trim to skirt.||High||Planned|
|Buy more silk flowers for wig.||Medium||Complete|
|Work out how to lace up bodice without eyelets.||Medium||Complete|
|Decide on winter boots.||Low||Complete|
|Decide on ballet tights for sleeves.||Low||Complete|
|Sew lace to lower cuffs.||Low||Complete|
|Locate wicker basket.||Low||Complete|
|Pick up pink flats from New Look.||Low||Complete|
|Pascal plush - Already owned||£0.00||Bought|
|White lace for petticoat trim - Three-and-a-half metres||£2.45||Bought|
|Purple duchess satin - Two metres||£19.98||Bought|
|Purple flower centre panel fabric - Half a metre||£4.40||Bought|
|Pink satin bias binding||£3.83||Bought|
|Pink bodice piping - Two-and-a-half metres||£1.00||Bought|
|Lilac flower sleeve trim - One-and-a-half metres||£0.90||Bought|
|Hair pins for silk flowers - Forty||£3.39||Bought|
|Purple sparkly velvet for winter cloak - One metre||£6.50||Bought|
|Iron-on flower trim for skirt - Two metres||£6.00||Bought|
|Thicker pink ribbon for sleeves||£0.80||Bought|
|Six small, pink buttons||£1.20||Bought|
|Pink cord for front lacing||£1.30||Bought|
|McCalls bodice pattern 4107||£6.25||Bought|
|Three golden blonde wigs||£52.91||Bought|
|Golden blonde extensions in colour #24||£6.97||Bought|
|A literal ton of silk flowers||£5.86||Bought|
|Fishing wire to sew wig - Already owned||£0.00||Bought|
|Lilac flower bodice fabric - One metre||£9.55||Bought|
|Pink footless tights||£3.45||Bought|
|White lace for bodice neckline - One metre||£1.00||Bought|
|Pink lace for front of bodice - One metre||£0.30||Bought|
|Boning for bodice - Two metres||£3.98||Bought|
|Lilac polycotton for bodice lining - One metre||£3.60||Bought|
|Interfacing for bodice||£2.60||Bought|
|Lilac faux fur neckpiece - Christmas present||£0.00||Bought|
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 30th 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:
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 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.
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.
Sunday at LFCC! (Posted 5th 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!